Where Art Thou Friend

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Where art thou friend, whom I shall never see,

Conceiving whom I must conceive amiss?

Or sunder'd from my sight in the age that is

Or far-off promise of a time to be;

Thou who canst best accept the certainty

That thou hadst borne proportion in my bliss,

That likest in me either that or this, —

Oh! even for the weakness of the plea

That I have taken to plead with, — if the sound

Of God's dear pleadings have as yet not moved thee, —

And for those virtues I in thee have found,

Who say that had I known I had approved thee, —

For these, make all the virtues to abound, —

No, but for Christ who hath foreknown and loved thee.