The Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo









How to kéep — is there ány any, is there none such, nowhere 
known some, bow or brooch or braid or brace, láce, latch or 
catch or key to keep
Back beauty, keep it, beauty, beauty, beauty . . . from vanishing 
away?
[...]
Somewhere elsewhere there is ah well where! one,
Óne. Yes I cán tell such a key, I dó know such a place,
Where whatever’s prizèd and passes of us, everything that’s fresh 
and fast flying of us, seems to us sweet of us and swiftly 
away with, done away with, undone,
Undone, done with, soon done with, and yet dearly and 
dangerously sweet
[...]
Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God, beauty’s 
self and beauty’s giver.
See; not a hair is, not an eyelash, not the least lash lost; every hair
Is, hair of the head, numbered.
[...]
the thing we freely fórfeit is kept with fonder a care,
Fonder a care kept than we could have kept it, kept
Far with fonder a care (and we, we should have lost it) finer, fonder
A care kept. — Where kept? Do but tell us where kept, where. —
Yonder. — What high as that! We follow, now we follow. — 
Yonder, yes yonder, yonder,
Yonder.




Gerard Manley Hopkins The Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo