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Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89).  Poems.  1918.
 
6. The Silver Jubilee
 
 
To James First Bishop of Shrewsbury on the 25th Year of his Episcopate July 28. 1876
 
 
1

THOUGH no high-hung bells or din
Of braggart bugles cry it in—
  What is sound? Nature’s round
Makes the Silver Jubilee.
 
2

Five and twenty years have run
        5
Since sacred fountains to the sun
  Sprang, that but now were shut,
Showering Silver Jubilee.
 
3

Feasts, when we shall fall asleep,
Shrewsbury may see others keep;        10
  None but you this her true,
This her Silver Jubilee.
 
4

Not today we need lament
Your wealth of life is some way spent:
  Toil has shed round your head        15
Silver but for Jubilee.
 
5

Then for her whose velvet vales
Should have pealed with welcome, Wales,
  Let the chime of a rhyme
Utter Silver Jubilee.        20
 
See Notes.
 

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