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Nature is Never Spent

There Lives the Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things

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Created on 2010-05-06 02:59:57 (#510169), last updated 2015-06-06 (124 weeks ago)

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Birthdate:May 1
Location:United States of America
Starting May 1, 2010 and continuing for one year, I intend to write down something each day about the world outdoors. It may be right outside my apartment, or way up in the hills or the upper atmosphere, but it should be a simple, straightforward observation about something not made by humans.

"God’s Grandeur"
~Gerard Manley Hopkins

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.

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