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Gerard Manley Hopkins' Marian Poems

Gerard Manley Hopkins' Marian Poems

"To Minister That Matter": Mary and the Trinity in Hopkins' "The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe"

– Mary McDevitt

Published in Marian Studies, Volume 54 (2003)

Almost six centuries after Duns Scotus defended the Immaculate Conception, and twenty-five years after the definition of that dogma, the English Jesuit Gerard Manley Hopkins said this about, if I may use a play on words, his country’s “matrimony” in a sermon for that feast day:

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