God’s Grandeur

By Gerard Manley Hopkins, recited by Richard Austin

How does a poetry recording happen? Watch Richard at work as he records “God’s Grandeur” for his Hopkins poetry CD, Back to Beauty’s Giver. (Thanks to Tim Wilson.)

God’s Grandeur

by Gerard 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 eastwards, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

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You’ll find this poem recording on Richard’s CD, Back to Beauty’s Giver.

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