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Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89).  Poems.  1918.
 
20. Duns Scotus’s Oxford
 
 
TOWERY city and branchy between towers;
Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmèd, lark-charmèd, rook-racked, river-rounded;
The dapple-eared lily below thee; that country and town did
Once encounter in, here coped and poisèd powers;
 
Thou hast a base and brickish skirt there, sours        5
That neighbour-nature thy grey beauty is grounded
Best in; graceless growth, thou hast confounded
Rural rural keeping—folk, flocks, and flowers.
 
Yet ah! this air I gather and I release
He lived on; these weeds and waters, these walls are what        10
He haunted who of all men most sways my spirits to peace;
 
Of realty the rarest-veinèd unraveller; a not
Rivalled insight, be rival Italy or Greece;
Who fired France for Mary without spot.
 
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