Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand
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.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
One of my favourite poems by one of my favourite British poets.
This beautiful reflection on nature and renewal was brought to mind as I considered the word “grand.”
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Image ©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013
16 thoughts on “God’s Grandeur”
I love the title of this post and the photo that is here! God is indeed grand and your photo really captures his grandness of the natural world! Thanks much for sharing!
Thank you. I’m happy you enjoyed this post. Be well, Dorothy 🙂
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One of my favorite poems, and poets, also. Takes me back to my college days. Thank you!
I studied GMH for my “A” level English in my final two years of secondary school. I love his use of language and rhythm and emotion to describe a scene, and was so happy be reminded of this poem yesterday. … Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Be well, Dorothy 🙂
I love the contrast of the gorgeous sunset against the black tree line! Awesome!
Thank you. 🙂
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My heart leapt to read this favorite poem again. Thanks.
You’re most welcome. 🙂
Beautiful pic to match the beautiful words…
Thank you, Valerie. 🙂
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