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by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Spring Religion Quotes

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Quote #4

A strain of the earth's sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden – (lines 10-11)

Here we see that, as beautiful and joyous as spring is, it also serves as a reminder of what was lost when man was expelled from Eden. It also implies what will be lost, as the seasons change, and as the innocent kids grow up.

Quote #5

Before it cloud, Christ, lord, (line 12)

Here the poem turns into a prayer, directly addressed to Christ. It seems that the culmination of all the speaker's attention to the natural world and contemplation of Christian teachings is in a prayer, a direct communication with God.

Quote #6

O maid's child, thy choice and worthy the winning. (line 14)

Through this prayer, and the acknowledgment that it is God's choice, our speaker seems to return a little to the praise and triumph of the earlier lines.

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