Flesh and fleece, fur and feather,
Grass and greenworld all together;
Throttle above her nested.
Cluster of bugle blue eggs thin
Forms and warms the life within;
And bird and blossom swell
In shod or sheath or shell.
All things rising, all things sizing
Mary seeing, sympathising
With that world of good,
Their magnifying of each its kind
With delight calls to mind
How she did in her stored
Magnify the Lord.
Well, but there was more than this :
Spring's universal bliss
Much, had much to say
To offering Mary May.
Bloom lights the orchard-apple
And thicket and thorp are merry
With silver-surfed cherry.
And azuring-over greyball makes
Wood banks and brakes wash wet like lakes
And magic cuckoocall
Caps, clears, and clinches all -
This ecstasy all through mothering earth
Tells Mary her mirth till Christ's birth
To remember, and exultation
In God who was her salvation.
Gerard Manley Hopkins (From ' The May Magnificat' )