The Leaden Echo And The Golden Echo


Gerard Manley Hopkins

The Leaden Echo

How to kéep — is there ány any, is there none such, nowhere

known some, bow or brooch or braid or brace, láce latch

or catch or key to keep

Back beauty, keep it, beauty, beauty, beauty...from vanishing away?

Ó is there no frowning of these wrinkles, rankéd wrinkles deep,

Dówn? no waving off of these most mournful messengers, still

messengers, sad and stealing messengers of grey?

No there's none, there's none, O no there's none,

Nor can you long be, what you now are, called fair,

Do what you may do, what, do what you may,

And wisdom is early to despair:

Be beginning; since, no, nothing can be done

To keep at bay

Age and age's evils, hoar hair,

Ruck and wrinkle, drooping, dying, death's worst, winding sheets,

tombs and worms and tumbling to decay;

So be beginning, be beginning to despair,

O there's none; no no no there's none:

Be beginning to despair, to despair,

Despair, despair, despair, despair.

The Golden Echo


There ís one, yes I have one(Hush there!);

Only not within seeing of the sun,

Not within the singeing of the strong sun,

Tall sun's tingeing, or treacherous the tainting of the earth's air,

Somewhere elsewhere there is ah well where! one,

One. Yes I cán tell such a key, I do know such a place,

Where whatever's prizéd and passes of us, everything that's fresh

and fast flying of us, seems to us sweet of us and swiftly away

with, done away with, undone,

Undone, done with, soon done with, and yet dearly and dangerously


Of us, the wimpled-water-dimpled, not-by-morning-matchéd face

The flower of beauty, fleece of beauty, too too apt to, ah! too fleet,

Never fleets more, fastened with the tenderest truth.

To it's own best being and loveliness of youth: it is an

everlasting of, O it is an all youth!

Come then, your ways and airs and looks, locks, maiden gear,

gallantry and gaiety and grace,

Winning ways, airs innocent, maiden manners, sweet looks,

loose locks, long locks, lovelocks,

gaygear, going gallant, girlgrace —

Resign them, sign them, seal them, send them, motion them

with breath,

And with sighs soaring, soaring sighs deliver

Them; beauty-in-the-ghost, deliver it, early now, long before death

Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God,

beauty's self and beauty's giver.

See;not a hair is, not an eyelash, not the least lash lost;every hair is

Is, hair of the head, numbered,

Nay, what we had lighthanded left in surly the mere mould

Will have waked and have waxed and have walked with the wind what

while we slept,

This side, that side hurling a heavyheaded hundredfold

What while we, while we slumbered.

O then, weary then why should we tread? O why are we so haggard

at the heart, so care-coiled, care-killed, so fagged, so fashed,

so cogged, so cumbered.

When the thing we freely fórfeit is kept with fonder a care.

Fonder a care kept than we could have kept it, kept

Far with fonder a care (and we, we should have lost it) finer, fonder

A care kept — Where kept? Do but tell us where kept, where —

Yonder.— What high as that!We follow, now we follow.— Yonder, yes

yonder, yonder.


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