16th Nov 2019

Now I am minded to take pipe in hand

And yield a song to the decaying year;

Now while the full-leaved hursts unalter'd stand,

And scarcely does appear

The Autumn yellow feather in the boughs

While there is neither sun nor rain;

And a grey heaven does the hush'd earth house,

And bluer grey the flocks of trees look in the plain.

So late the hoar green chestnut breaks a bud,

And feeds new leaves upon the winds of Fall;

So late there is no force in sap or blood;

The fruit against the wall

Loose on the stem has done its summering;

These should have starv'd with the green broods of spring,

Or never been at all;

Too late or else much, much too soon,

Who first knew moonlight by the hunters' moon.

• Gerard Manley Hopkins


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