Sunday, April 16, 2006

Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broud its mane;
Each mortal thing does one things nad the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dweels;
Selves -- goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.

I say more: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: that keeps all his goind graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is --
Christ. For Chris plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men's faces.

~ Gerard Manley Hopkins


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