The Shepherdâ€™s Brow, Fronting Forked Lightning, Owns by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The shepherd's brow, fronting forked lightning, owns
The horror and the havoc and the glory
Of it. Angels fall, they are towers, from heavenâ€”a story
Of just, majestical, and giant groans.
But manâ€”we, scaffold of score brittle bones;
Who breathe, from groundlong babyhood to hoary
Age gasp; whose breath is our memento moriâ€”
What bass is our viol for tragic tones?
He! Hand to mouth he lives, and voids with shame;
And, blazoned in however bold the name,
Man Jack the man is, just; his mate a hussy.
And I that die these deaths, that feed this flame,
That â€¦ in smooth spoons spy lifeâ€™s masque mirrored: tame
My tempests there, my fire and fever fussy.