Gerald Manley Hopkins, SJ

Break the box and shed the nard,
Stop not now to count the cost,
Here bring pearl, opal, sard,
Reck not what the poor have lost -
On our Christ throw all away:
Know ye, this is Easter Day!

Build His church and deck His shrine,
Empty though it be on earth,
Ye have kept your choicest wine-
Let it flow for heavenly mirth!
Pluck the harp and breathe the horn:
Know ye not, 'tis Easter morn?

Gather gladness from the skies,
Take a lesson from the ground!
Flowers open heavenward eyes
And a Spring-time joy have found.
Earth throws Winter's robes away,
Decks herself for Easter Day.

Beauty now for ashes wear,
Perfumes for the garb of woe.
Chaplets for dishevelled hair,
Dances for sad footsteps slow.
Open wide your hearts that they
Let in joy this Easter Day.

Seek God's house in happy throng,
Crowded let His table be!
Mingle praises, prayer and song,
Singing to the Trinity.
Henceforth let your souls each day
Make each morn an Easter Day!



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