As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring, like each tucked string tells, each hung
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out the being indoors each one dwells;
Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.

I say more: the just man justices;
Keeps grace; that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is—
Christ—for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the feature’s of men’s faces.


                                                Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)