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Thanks to all who braved the elements and joined us for the Steyning walk today! Here are few lines from Gerard Manley Hopkins that seem apt.... ....'What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and o…

Thanks to all who braved the elements and joined us for the Steyning walk today! Here are few lines from Gerard Manley Hopkins that seem apt....

....'What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be
left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the
wilderness yet.' (from Inversnaid)

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Comment by Nick Dodds on January 26, 2014 at 18:51
Thanks Maya and Tim for a great walk today. Wild and Wet indeed. Nick
Comment by Maya Rawal on January 26, 2014 at 21:34

Full poem here:

Inversnaid

This darksome burn, horseback brown, His rollrock highroad roaring down,
In coop and in comb the fleece of his foam Flutes and low to the lake falls home.
A windpuff-bonnet of fáwn-fróth Turns and twindles over the broth Of a pool so pitchblack, féll-frówning, It rounds and rounds Despair to drowning.
Degged with dew, dappled with dew Are the groins of the braes that the brook treads through, Wiry heathpacks, flitches of fern, And the beadbonny ash that sits over the burn.
What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

-- Gerard Manley Hopkins

Comment by Mike Bates on January 31, 2014 at 16:16

Maya

Colleagues in the Arun & Adur Group liked your poem so much that they have pinched it for their own website.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Mike 

Comment by Maya Rawal on February 1, 2014 at 19:01

I think it is wilder and wetter the further west you go...so they probably need that, especially this weekend...plenty more Gerard Manley Hopkins for us all :-)

 

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