Duns Scotus's Oxford by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Towery city and branchy between towers;
Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmÃ¨d, lark-charmÃ¨d, rook-racked, river-rounded;
The dapple-eared lily below thee; that country and town did
Once encounter in, here coped and poisÃ¨d powers;
Thou hast a base and brickish skirt there, sours
That neighbour-nature thy grey beauty is grounded
Best in; graceless growth, thou hast confounded
Rural rural keepingâ€”folk, flocks, and flowers.
Yet ah! this air I gather and I release
He lived on; these weeds and waters, these walls are what
He haunted who of all men most sways my spirits to peace;
Of realty the rarest-veinÃ¨d unraveller; a not
Rivalled insight, be rival Italy or Greece;
Who fired France for Mary without spot.