Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Solomon and Hopkins

Untitled poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, which can't help but bring to mind warnings in Proverbs about the way and the end of fools and their foolishness.

Glimmer'd along the square-cut steep.
They chew'd the cud in hollows deep;
Their cheeks moved and the bones therein.
The lawless honey eaten of old
Has lost its savour and is roll'd
Into the bitterness of sin.

What would befal the godless flock
Appear'd not for the present, till
A thread of light betray'd the hill
Which with its lined and creased flank
The outgoings of the vale does block.
Death's bones fell in with sudden clank
As wrecks of mined embers will.

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