by Gerard Manley Hopkins
“I have desired to go
Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail,
And a few lilies blow.
And I have asked to be
Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,
And out of the swing of the sea.”
Gerard Manley Hopkins was born on this day in 1844, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.
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