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    Gerard Manley Hopkins at St. Katherine's Chapel, Lydiate

    O! Perfect of faith!
    Although your chapel stands unroofed
    to the grey Lancashire sky,
    vast underbelly of God,
    it is yeoman-builded, time-proved!

    I, the poet-priest, escaped
    from the vaporous slums of Liverpool,
    sit alone in your house,
    once host to Lent lilies, incantations,
    companioned by elderflower, field mouse!

    Katherine, I see your sainted life shine,
    chiselled in the Lydiate reredoes,
    I, the convert, know your face
    that converted so many,
    although dank grass chokes altar-space


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    --as I know the simple bearded ones
    and their hands that thresh,
    who drove you to your death,
    fire-stump, heart scourging
    beheaded end of mortal flesh.

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    X is for St. Francis Xavier's Church, Everton where poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was a priest in 1880-1. See also church history at St Francis Xavier's, Liverpool: Parish History by Johnny Kennedy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    X is for St. Francis Xavier's Church, Everton where poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was a priest in 1880-1. See also church history at St Francis Xavier's, Liverpool: Parish History by Johnny Kennedy.

    And have a picture of the church sir

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    X is for St. Francis Xavier's Church, Everton where poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was a priest in 1880-1. See also church history at St Francis Xavier's, Liverpool: Parish History by Johnny Kennedy.

    Gerard M Hopkins also hated being in Liverpool !! He couldn't wait to get out

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    Quote Originally Posted by taffy View Post
    Gerard M Hopkins also hated being in Liverpool !! He couldn't wait to get out
    Hi Taffy

    Yes I do know that -- as I tried to reflect in my poem. To give him his due, I assume Hopkins's health was not too great so it could have been as much for health reasons as anything that he wished to be out of Liverpool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taffy View Post
    Gerard M Hopkins also hated being in Liverpool !! He couldn't wait to get out
    That's a SURPRISE! (Joke). I would have thought that an anglo-catholic-convert-Jesuit-Oxford movement member would have found much to do in Liverpools more colourful quarters.

    Maybe he was more interested in the life of the spirit? From what I have read about him he wasn't all that fond of a life of the flesh. He seemed a bit (cough) scared to let himself go.

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