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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
The Candle Indoors

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)
SOME 1 candle clear burns somewhere I come by.
I muse at how its being puts blissful back
With a yellowy moisture mild night’s blear-all black;
Or to-fro tender trambeams truckle at the eye.
  At that window what task what fingers ply,        5
I plod wondering, a-wanting, just for lack
Of answer the eagerer awanting Jessy or Jack
There, God to aggrandise, God to glorify.—
  Come you indoors, come home; your fading fire
Mend first and vital candle in close heart’s vault:        10
You there are master, do your own desire;
What hinders? Are you beam-blind, yet to a fault
In a neighbour deft-handed? Are you that liar?
And cast by conscience out, spendsavour salt?
Note 1. Gerard Hopkins. The Candle Indoors. [back]

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