As Kingfishers Catch Fire

Original Text: 
The Later Poetic Manuscripts of Gerard Manley Hopkins in Facsimile, ed. Norman H. MacKenzie (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1991): 106-07. PR 4803 H44A6 1991 Robarts Library
1As king fishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
2    As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
3    Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's
4Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
5Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
6    Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
7    Selves -- goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
8Crying What I do is me: for that I came.
9  I say more: the just man justices;
10   Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
11Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is --
12   Christ. For Christ plays in ten thousand places,
13Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
14   To the Father through the features of men's faces.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1996-2000.