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Grandeur of God

Poetry and the Christian Life

  • Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
  • Time: 7:00pm8:15pm
  • Location: Library

Poet Ann Quinn and I have chosen a poem for the month of July by the Gerard Manley Hopkins, “God’s Grandeur.” Read it slowly, ponder it, reflect on it, let it speak to you, even pray it.

God’s Grandeur

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

Join us for a discussion of the poem on Wednesday, July 17, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. in the Library.
Ken Kovacs

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