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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
The Starlight Night
By Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)
LOOK at the stars! look, look up at the skies!
  O look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air!
  The bright boroughs, the quivering citadels there!
The dim woods quick with diamond wells; the elf-eyes!
The grey lawns cold where quaking gold-dew lies!        5
  Wind-beat white-beam; airy abeles all on flare!
  Flake-doves sent floating out at a farmyard scare!—
Ah well! it is a purchase and a prize.
Buy then! Bid then!—What?—Prayer, patience, alms, vows.—
Look, look! a May-mess, like on orchard boughs;        10
  Look! March-bloom, like on meal’d-with-yellow sallows.—
These are indeed the barn: within-doors house
The shocks. This piece-bright paling hides the Spouse
  Christ, and the mother of Christ and all his hallows.

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