IN THE VALLEY O…

IN THE VALLEY OF THE ELWY

“I REMEMBER a house where all were good
To me, God knows, deserving no such thing:
Comforting smell breathed at very entering,
Fetched fresh, as I suppose, off some sweet wood.
That cordial air made those kind people a hood
All over, as a bevy of eggs the mothering wing
Will, or mild nights the new morsels of spring:
Why, it seemed of course; seemed of right it should.

Lovely the woods, waters, meadows, combes, vales,
All the air things wear that build this world of Wales;
Only the inmate does not correspond:
God, lover of souls, swaying considerate scales,
Complete thy creature dear O where it fails,
Being mighty a master, being a father and fond.”

– Gerald Manley Hopkins, 1844-1889

Gerard Manley Hopkins, (poet in bronze), 2005....

Gerard Manley Hopkins, (poet in bronze), 2005. Slightly larger than life-size. Regis University, Denver, Colorado. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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One thought on “IN THE VALLEY O…

  1. Thanks for visiting. I was given this poem at a retreat yesterday at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre in London. it is such an oasis. When I read it, I knew immediately of such a house growing up, where I was loved and comforted – God’s house will be the same.

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