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Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89).  Poems.  1918.
 
10. The Lantern out of Doors
 
 
SOMETIMES a lantern moves along the night,
  That interests our eyes. And who goes there?
  I think; where from and bound, I wonder, where,
With, all down darkness wide, his wading light?
 
Men go by me whom either beauty bright        5
  In mould or mind or what not else makes rare:
  They rain against our much-thick and marsh air
Rich beams, till death or distance buys them quite.
 
Death or distance soon consumes them: wind
  What most I may eye after, be in at the end        10
I cannot, and out of sight is out of mind.
 
Christ minds: Christ’s interest, what to avow or amend
  There, éyes them, heart wánts, care haúnts, foot fóllows kínd,
Their ránsom, théir rescue, ánd first, fást, last friénd.
 
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