by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Our speaker declares that nothing is as beautiful as spring. He goes on to give us images of the season's lushness, in weeds and birds eggs and a birdsong. The speaker describes the effect of the birdsong as being extremely powerful and cleansing. We see lambs racing about, a blue sky, and a tree growing leaves and blossoms.
He wonders what's up with all this life and joy, and compares the beauty and innocence of spring to the biblical Garden of Eden. Suddenly, the speaker addresses God to ask Him to protect innocent minds from the sin that seems inevitable.