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Inspiration

The Windhover - Gerard Manely Hopkins

To Christ Our Lord

I caught this morning’s minion, kingdom of daylight’s
dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding

High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing

In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend; the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind.  My heart in hiding

Stirred for a bird, the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion

Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

No wonder of it: sheer plod makes plough down sillion

Shine, and blue-beak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermillion.

 — Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ