30th Hopkins Festival 2017
Friday July 21st - Thursday July 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multilingual Translation Workshop

As Kingfishers Catch Fire is the poem selected to this year's Multilingual Translation Workshop.

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As KIngfishers Catch Fire



As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;

As tumbled over rim in roundy wells

Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's

Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;

Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:

Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;

Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,

Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.


I say móre: the just man justices;

 

Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;

Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is —

Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,

Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his

To the Father through the features of men's faces.

 

Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985)

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