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    THOU ART INDEED JUST LORD

    PLEASE TRY TO EXPLAIN THE POEM GIVEN ABOVE

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    Re: THOU ART INDEED JUST LORD

    I'll help get the discussion started. Here is the entire poem:

    Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend
    With thee; but, sir, so what I plead is just.
    Why do sinners' ways prosper? and why must
    Disappointment all I endeavour end?

    Wert thou my enemy, O thou my friend,
    How wouldst thou worse, I wonder, than thou dost
    Defeat, thwart me? Oh, the sots and thralls of lust
    Do in spare hours more thrive than I that spend,
    Sir, life upon thy cause. See, banks and brakes
    Now leavèd how thick! lacèd they are again
    With fretty chervil, look, and fresh wind shakes
    Them; birds build -- but not I build; no, but strain,
    Time's eunuch, and not breed one work that wakes.
    Mine, O thou lord of life, send my roots rain.

    The poet was Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), an English Victorian poet, Roman Catholic convert, Jesuit priest, and probably emotionally tormented by his being gay.

    He is addressing God, and in the first stanza, says that, if you are so just and fair, God, then what I am asking is fair and just, too: why do sinners always profit by their evil ways while everything I try ends in disappointment? Is that fair (just)?

    Now work on the rest of it, and tell us what you make of it.

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