A New Newness

The Miraculous Catch of Fish, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, 6th Century.
The Miraculous Catch of Fish, 12th Century manuscript, Salzburg.
The Miraculous catch of 153 fish by Duccio, 14th century.

My Own Heart by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)

My own heart let me have more pity on; let
Me live to my sad self hereafter kind,
Charitable; not live this tormented mind
With this tormented mind tormenting yet.
I cast for comfort I can no more get
By groping round my comfortless, than blind
Eyes in their dark can day or thirst can find
Thirst ’s all-in-all in all a world of wet.

Soul, self; come, poor Jackself, I do advise
You, jaded, let be; call off thoughts awhile
Elsewhere; leave comfort root-room; let joy size
At God knows when to God knows what; whose smile
’s not wrung, see you; unforeseen times rather — as skies
Betweenpie mountains — lights a lovely mile.

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