‘Spring And Fall: To A Young Child’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins

‘Spring And Fall: To A Young Child’

by Gerard Manley HopkinsDSCF9120

“Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow’s springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.”

Gerard Manley Hopkins was born on this day in 1884. You can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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