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Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89).  Poems.  1918.
 
2. Heaven—Haven
 
 
A nun takes the veil
 
 
    I HAVE desired to go
      Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail
    And a few lilies blow.
 
    And I have asked to be        5
      Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,
    And out of the swing of the sea.
 
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