Gerard Manley Hopkins THE TEXT To a young child Margaret, are you grieving  Over Goldengrove  unleaving  ? Leaves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? Ah! as the heart grows older It will come to such sights colder By and by, nor spare  a sigh Though worlds of wanwood  leafmeal  lie; And yet you will weep know why. Now no matter, child, the name: Sorrow’s springs are the same. Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed What heart heard of, ghost guessed: It is the blight  man was born for, It is Margaret you mourn for.  Grieving: Being sad  Goldengrove: A place whose name suggests an idyllic play-world, orchard  Unleaving: Losing the leaves, being bare  Spare: Withhold  Wanwood: Pale trees  Leafmeal: Disorganized state  Blight: Destructive force ABOUT THE WRITER Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) in an
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