Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins

What is all this juice and all this joy? A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning In Eden garden.

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Gerard Manley Hopkins was a renowned Victorian poet, one of the best of his time. His poetry, however, was too “out there” for the tastes of the era and did not see publication until after his death. Converting from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism, Hopkins lost connection to his family and burned his creative works in exchange for priesthood. As a result, he did not write again until many years later.

Hopkins’s friend Robert Bridges is credited with the collection and edits of later-written poems. The volume is simply known as Poems.

Kingdom Winds presents”Spring,” a Hopkins poem inspired by the notion that springtime, in all its fresh glory, is a small glimpse of what the Garden of Eden was like before the infiltration of sin. Flowers bloom and God’s creatures soak in the rich season as every boy and girl experience new life.

Please enjoy the poem below!

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
   When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
   Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
   The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
   The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
What is all this juice and all this joy?
   A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,
   Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
   Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.
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