thank you, craig

I caught this morning morning's minion,
king-dom of daylight's dauphin,
dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding

Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,

As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, - the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

No wonder of it: sheer plod makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.




Mel said...


*sigh* What beautiful photos.
I'll have to re-read the verse once the coffee takes hold. LOL
At the moment, it's all garbled--but I'm believing that's a reflection of my garbled brain.

Anonymous said...

You are welcome!!! C:)

Any time I can get credit for cutting and pasting, I will take it. C:D

And, very nice pictures. C:)

Rimshot said...

I don't know why, but whenever I see visible rays of light (like the ones in the third picture) I imagine it's God looking in on us. :-)

Saffron said...

I love the rays in the third photo too - they look almost painted :)

I, still, like the views said...

well, like I said thank you craig - something about this made my heart sing. . .

and that's a good thing


(my nose looks too long in comparison to your face!)

Anonymous said...

one of my favourite poems

did i read it to you once?
or did i discover it after then?
i don't remember ... though i should, i know

hopkins - i read - was not just a balliol man but also a uranian (strange bedfellows)

there is an engraved bowl by laurence whistler, in the old common room at balliol, with the words of "duns scotus' oxford" by hopkins around the rim - do you remember seeing it?

des perado

mig bardsley said...

Wonderful poem. I've always loved it.
Wonderful pictures to go with it too :)