Duns Scotus's Oxford

Original Text: 
The Later Poetic Manuscripts of Gerard Manley Hopkins in Facsimile, ed. Norman H. MacKenzie (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1991): 155. PR 4803 H44A6 1991 Robarts Library
1Towery city & branchy between towers;
2    Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmèd, lark charmèd, rook racked, river-rounded;
3    The dapple-eared lily below thee; that country & town did
4Once encounter in, here coped & poisèd powers;
5Thou hast a base & brickish skirt there, sours
6    That neighbour-nature thy grey beauty is grounded
7    Best in; graceless growth, thou hast confounded
8Rural, rural keeping -- folk, flocks, & flowers.
9Yet ah! this air I gather & I release
10    He lived on: these weeds & waters, these walls are what
11He haunted who of all men most sways my spirits to peace;
12    Of realty the rarest-veinèd unraveller; a not
13Rivalled insight, be rival Italy or Greece;
14    Who fíred Fránce for Máry withóut spót.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1996-2000.