The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less

Gerard Manley Hopkins

 
The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less;  
The times are winter, watch, a world undone:  
They waste, they wither worse; they as they run  
Or bring more or more blazon man's distress.  
And I not help. Nor word now of success:       
All is from wreck, here, there, to rescue one—  
Work which to see scarce so much as begun  
Makes welcome death, does dear forgetfulness.  
  
Or what is else? There is your world within.  
There rid the dragons, root out there the sin.   
Your will is law in that small commonweal...
 

Poems by This Author

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The child is father to the man
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As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme
Carrion Comfort by Gerard Manley Hopkins
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God's Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
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I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
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It was a hard thing to undo this knot.
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When will you ever, Peace, wild wooddove, shy wings shut
Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Glory be to God for dappled things--
Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Nothing is so beautiful as spring
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I caught this morning morning's minion, king-


Further Reading

Poems for Times of Turmoil
4/30/92 for rodney king
by Lucille Clifton
blessing the boats
by Lucille Clifton
Chaplinesque
by Hart Crane
Fifteen Years of Darkness
by Liu Xiaobo
In a Country
by Larry Levis
O Little Root of a Dream
by Paul Celan
O Me! O Life!
by Walt Whitman
Poet's Work
by Lorine Niedecker
Recession
by Sydney Lea
The Second Coming
by W. B. Yeats
Thing
by Rae Armantrout