Gerard Manley Hopkins
Thou Art Indeed Just (1889)

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Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend

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With thee; but, sir, so what I plead is just.

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Why do sinners' ways prosper? and why must

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Disappointment all I endeavour end?

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Wert thou my enemy, O thou my friend,

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How wouldst thou worse, I wonder, than thou dost

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Defeat, thwart me? Oh, the sots and thralls of lust

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Do in spare hours more thrive than I that spend,

 

 

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Sir, life upon thy cause. See, banks and brakes

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Now, leavèd how thick! lacèd they are again

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With fretty chervil, look, and fresh wind shakes

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Them; birds build--but not I build; no, but strain,

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Time's eunuch, and not breed one work that wakes.

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Mine, O thou lord of life, send my roots rain.