May 25, 2003

God's Grandeur

God's Grandeur
Gerald Manley Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs --
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

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This has been one of my favorite poems since I first read it in the 11th grade. I had been thinking about it again just this week. It's always nice to come across it.

Posted by: bill at May 26, 2003 09:03 AM

One of my favourites too. I have written it into the blank page in my Bible opposite Genesis.

To me, the two are in the same vein, the total wonder of God's creation.
Shalom,
Jan

Posted by: Jan at May 27, 2003 06:14 PM

And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs --
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings

what does this little paragraph mean???

Posted by: gemma at September 21, 2003 11:23 AM

When speaking of the "black West" think of the sunrise-how it's dark when in the east it's light.
This "spring" can take on a double meaning of sunset and sunrise, since the lights go out...understanding of God is shunned.
God then is described in the dimesion of the holy ghost (a trinitarian thing- god the father, god the son, and god the holy ghost). This also means the dawn of a new, regenerated life. How nature is as inexhaustible as God. The last few lines imply that God is (as Emily Dickinson states of "hope") "a thing with wings". He is described as being a dove, the bird of peace found throughout the bible (Noah's ark, Jesus's baptizm). :) well, that's my interpretation anyways. i really like this poem. if you want to write to me, the link is there. later!
-mariposa]

ps- i'm not a trinitarian person myself,however.

Posted by: mariposa at October 14, 2003 07:26 PM

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Posted by: mariposa at October 14, 2003 07:30 PM

hi-

what does "world broods with warm breast" mean?

Thanks

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