1. Home
  2. Poems & Poets
  3. Browse Poems
  4. 'I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day' by Gerard Manley Hopkins
'I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day'

Related Poem Content Details

I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
What hours, O what black hours we have spent
This night! what sights you, heart, saw; ways you went!
And more must, in yet longer light's delay.
   With witness I speak this. But where I say
Hours I mean years, mean life. And my lament
Is cries countless, cries like dead letters sent
To dearest him that lives alas! away.

   I am gall, I am heartburn. God's most deep decree
Bitter would have me taste: my taste was me;
Bones built in me, flesh filled, blood brimmed the curse.
   Selfyeast of spirit a dull dough sours. I see
The lost are like this, and their scourge to be
As I am mine, their sweating selves; but worse.


Source: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985)
Discover this poem's context and related poetry, articles, and media.
'I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day'

Related Poem Content Details

Other Information