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Apr162017

This Joyful Eastertide

Eugène Bernand, Les disciples Pierre et Jean courant au sépulcre le matin de la Résurrection, 1898

"Easter Communion"
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Pure fasted faces draw unto this feast: 
God comes all sweetness to your Lenten lips.
You striped in secret with breath-taking whips, Those crooked rough-scored chequers may be pieced To crosses meant for Jesu's; you whom the East With draught of thin and pursuant cold so nips Breathe Easter now; you serged fellowships, You vigil-keepers with low flames decreased, God shall o'er-brim the measures you have spent With oil of gladness, for sackcloth and frieze And the ever-fretting shirt of punishment Give myrrhy-threaded golden folds of ease.
Your scarce-sheathed bones are weary of being bent: Lo, God shall strengthen all the feeble knees.

I wish you all peace and hope "This Joyful Eastertide."

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