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Episode Nine: “Patience” by Gerard Manley Hopkins – Classic Poetry with Jonathan Roumie

Jonathan Roumie

March 23, 2022


This week, Roumie reads “Patience” by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Patience, hard thing! the hard thing but to pray,

But bid for, Patience is! Patience who asks

Wants war, wants wounds; weary his times, his tasks;

To do without, take tosses, and obey.

Rare patience roots in these, and, these away,

Nowhere.   Natural heart’s ivy, Patience masks

Our ruins of wrecked past purpose.   There she basks

Purple eyes and seas of liquid leaves all day.

We hear our hearts grate on themselves: it kills

To bruise them dearer.  Yet the rebellious wills

Of us we do bid God bend to him even so.

And where is he who more and more distils

Delicious kindness?—He is patient.  Patience fills

His crisp combs, and that comes those ways we know.

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