[Skip Navigation]

Plagiarist Poetry Sites: Plagiarist.com | Poetry X | Poetry Discussion Forums | Open Poetry Project | Joycean.org
Enter our Poetry Contest
Win Cash and Publication!

Plagiarist.com Archive

Read more poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins: Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems at Poetry X.

More poems by Gerard Manley HopkinsGerard Manley Hopkins | Print this page.Print | View and Write CommentsComments | Books by Gerard Manley HopkinsBooks by Gerard Manley Hopkins

The Handsome Heart

Gerard Manley Hopkins

at a Gracious Answer


'But tell me, child, your choice; what shall I buy
You?'—'Father, what you buy me I like best.'
With the sweetest air that said, still plied and pressed,
He swung to his first poised purport of reply. 

What the heart is! which, like carriers let fly—
Doff darkness, homing nature knows the rest—
To its own fine function, wild and self-instressed,
Falls light as ten years long taught how to and why. 

Mannerly-hearted! more than handsome face—
Beauty's bearing or muse of mounting vein,
All, in this case, bathed in high hallowing grace... 

Of heaven what boon to buy you, boy, or gain
Not granted?—Only ... O on that path you pace
Run all your race, O brace sterner that strain! 

Added: 12 Aug 2002 | Last Read: 25 Apr 2018 12:27 PM | Viewed: 2974 times

A PoetryNotes™ Analysis of The Handsome Heart by Gerard Manley Hopkins, is Available!

A PoetryNotes™ eBook is available for this poem for delivery within 24 hours, and usually available within minutes during normal business hours.

ON SALE - only $29.95 19.95!

For more information...


URL: http://plagiarist.com/poetry/6139/ | Viewed on 25 April 2018.
Copyright ©2018 Plagiarist - All rights reserved.