Thou Art Lightning and Love [Gerald Manley Hopkins]

Be adored among men,
      God, three-numberéd form;
   Wring thy rebel, dogged in den,
      Man’s malice, with wrecking and storm.
Beyond saying sweet, past telling of tongue,
Thou art lightning and love, I found it, a winter and warm;
    Father and fondler of heart thou hast wrung:
Hast thy dark descending and most art merciful then.
– Gerald Manley Hopkins, “The Wreck of the Deutschland,” stanza 9.

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