I saw Gerard Manley Hopkins' grave

And Newman's University Church in Dublin.  Hopkins' grave was not marked in any special way--with hundreds of others in the Jesuit Plot at Glasnevin Cemetery.  I remembered that his first identity was not poet but priest.

"The Lantern Out of Doors"
Gerard Manley Hopkins

SOMETIMES a lantern moves along the night,
That interests our eyes. And who goes there?
I think; where from and bound, I wonder, where,
With, all down darkness wide, his wading light?

Men go by me whom either beauty bright
In mould or mind or what not else makes rare:
They rain against our much-thick and marsh air
Rich beams, till death or distance buys them quite.

Death or distance soon consumes them: wind
What most I may eye after, be in at the end
I cannot, and out of sight is out of mind.

Christ minds: Christ’s interest, what to avow or amend
There, éyes them, heart wánts, care haúnts, foot fóllows kínd,
Their ránsom, théir rescue, ánd first, fást, last friénd.

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