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Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89).  Poems.  1918.
63. ‘The furl of fresh-leaved dogrose down’
THE FURL of fresh-leaved dogrose down
His cheeks the forth-and-flaunting sun
Had swarthed about with lion-brown
    Before the Spring was done.
His locks like all a ravel-rope’s-end,        5
  With hempen strands in spray—
Fallow, foam-fallow, hanks—fall’n off their ranks,
  Swung down at a disarray.
Or like a juicy and jostling shock
  Of bluebells sheaved in May        10
Or wind-long fleeces on the flock
  A day off shearing day.
Then over his turnèd temples—here—
  Was a rose, or, failing that,
Rough-Robin or five-lipped campion clear        15
  For a beauty-bow to his hat,
And the sunlight sidled, like dewdrops, like dandled diamonds
  Through the sieve of the straw of the plait.
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