‘Spring it came upon us’ – James Vincent McMorrow


I came upon this poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins at a friend’s house over the Easter weekend:



Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –

When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;

Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush

Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring

The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;

The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush

The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush

With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.


What is all this juice and all this joy?

A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning

In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,

Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,

Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,

Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.


These words echo not only the account in Genesis of creation (‘earth’s sweet being in the beginning’) and the fall (notice the shift from ‘sweet’ to ‘sour’), but also – and thankfully – the victory (‘winning’) of the death and resurrection of Jesus (‘Christ, lord’) as recorded in the eye-witness Gospels, and as celebrated in the beautiful season of spring.


‘God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’ (2 Corinthians 5: 21).


See Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “Spring” and A Short Analysis of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s ‘Spring’.