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Gerard Manley Hopkins THE TEXT To a young child   Margaret, are you grieving [1]   Over Goldengrove [2] unleaving [3] ?   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 [4] a sigh   Though worlds of wanwood [5] leafmeal [6] 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 [7] man was born for,   It is Margaret you mourn for. [1] Grieving: Being sad [2] Goldengrove: A place whose name suggests an idyllic play-world, orchard [3] Unleaving: Losing the leaves, being bare [4] Spare: Withhold [5] Wanwood: Pale trees [6] Leafmeal: Disorganized state [7] Blight: Destructive force ABOUT THE WRITER Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) in an