Saturday, April 07, 2007

Easter Communion (Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Pure fasted faces draw unto this feast:
God comes all sweetness to your Lenten lips.
You striped in secret with breath-taking whips,
Those crooked rough-scored chequers may be pieced
To crosses meant for Jesu's; you whom the East
With draught of thin and pursuant cold so nips
Breathe Easter now; you serged fellowships,
You vigil-keepers with low flames decreased,

God shall o'er-brim the measures you have spent
With oil of gladness, for sackcloth and frieze
And the ever-fretting shirt of punishment
Give myrrhy-threaded golden folds of ease.
Your scarce-sheathed bones are weary of being bent:
Lo, God shall strengthen all the feeble knees.


I love, love, love Gerard Manley Hopkins.

3 comments:

Sheila said...

I agree; Hopkins is magnificent!

Thank you for your quiet and deep posts - most needed.

At A Hen's Pace said...

Sheila--

Thank you--So nice to hear from you!!

Wishing a blessed Easter to your family--

Jeanne

Jessica said...

Thanks for posting that. I love Hopkins too.

peace of Christ to you,
Jessica