The Child is father to the man

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"The Child is father to the man"
by Gerard Manley Hopkins

‘THE CHILD is father to the man.’
How can he be? The words are wild.
Suck any sense from that who can:
‘The child is father to the man.’
No; what the poet did write ran,
‘The man is father to the child.’
‘The child is father to the man!’
How can he be? The words are wild.

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.