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4/5/13 at 10:58 PM 0 Comments

As Kingfishers Catch Fire - a Poem

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Common Kingfisher

Since April is National Poetry Month here is a poem by Christian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins that was written in the 1800s.

In the following poem Hopkins writes about a Christian faithfully following Jesus Christ and this person "acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is."

What does God intend for you to be?

As Kingfishers Catch Fire

As king fishers 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 broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
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 goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is --
Christ. For Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men's faces.

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