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.
Subscribe now to get future print issues in your mailbox (donation requested but not required).
This article is from Christian History magazine #119 The Wonder of Creation. Read it in context here!
By Gerard Manley Hopkins
[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #119 in 2016]Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889) was an English Jesuit.
Modern nature activism includes some writers and thinkers strongly influenced by Christian faithMatt Forster
Something here sounds familiar
An evangelical professor responds to Pope Francis’s call for creation careLoren Wilkinson
Where can you go to learn more about the relationship between Christians and God’s creation? Here are some recommendations from CH editorial staff and this issue’s authorsthe editors
Christian History Timeline: China in the 20th Century
The golden age of Protestantism in Chinathe editors
Subscribe to magazine
Subscription to Christian History magazine is on a donation basisSubscribe
Christian History Institute (CHI) is a non-profit Pennsylvania corporation founded in 1982. Your donations support the continuation of this ministryDonate