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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
The Habit of Perfection

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)
 
ELECTED 1 Silence, sing to me
And beat upon my whorlèd ear,
Pipe me to pastures still and be
The music that I care to hear.
 
Shape nothing, lips; be lovely-dumb:        5
It is the shut, the curfew sent
From there where all surrenders come
Which only makes you eloquent …
 
Note 1. Gerard Hopkins. The Habit of Perfection. A Nun takes the veil. The first two stanzas. Written when an undergraduate at Oxford. [back]
 
 
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