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This report is taken from PN Review 226, Volume 42 Number 2, November - December 2015.

‘The Heart Of Time’ Revisited: A New Translation by David Jones Jamie Callison

The Heart of Time

Shall I sleep at the head-waters that
                   water all worlds
My face bathed in the morning-fragrance
My eyes the sun’s ray’d disc
                   that beam-brights the way
                   streaming fromward?

Or, shall I plunge
                   into those waters
                   which make pregnant
                   with a strange purple
the shores of tomorrow
                   dazzled of a glory streaming toward
from the world-brim?

Deep within me
                   floods high a tide of gold
from the fount of blood
                   where the living waters are welling
                   without end.

Translation published with the permission of the Jones Estate.


Reproduction of The Month, New Series, XL.1-2 (July-August 1968): 45 – with the permission of Archivum Britannicum Societatis Iesu and Q Harman Grisewood Papers 1, GTMGamms131, Georgetown University Library, Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.

Reproduction of The Month, New Series, XL.1-2 (July-August 1968): 45 – with the permission of Archivum Britannicum Societatis Iesu.

Q Harman Grisewood Papers 1, GTMGamms131, Georgetown University Library, Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.


1968 marked fifty years since the publication of the Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins. To celebrate, the Jesuit cultural journal The Month produced a commemorative issue that included essays, poems, and reflections on Hopkins’s work. In soliciting creative material for the number, the editors faced the problems that confront anyone working with the poets on the ...


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