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Beard of Action: Gerard Manley Hopkins

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As a Victorian Poet and Jesuit priest, Gerard Manley Hopkins’ not only explored man’s soul, but also chronicled these exploits in rhythm and rhyme for bearded posterity’s sake.  Look no further, Beardivist, for the inward facing mirror than this lyric Beard of Action’s “The Caged Skylark”:

AS a dare-gale skylark scanted in a dull cage
Man’s mounting spirit in his bone-house, mean house, dwells—
That bird beyond the remembering his free fells;
This in drudgery, day-labouring-out life’s age.

Though aloft on turf or perch or poor low stage,
Both sing sometímes the sweetest, sweetest spells,
Yet both droop deadly sómetimes in their cells
Or wring their barriers in bursts of fear or rage.

Not that the sweet-fowl, song-fowl, needs no rest—
Why, hear him, hear him babble and drop down to his nest,
But his own nest, wild nest, no prison.

Man’s spirit will be flesh-bound when found at best,
But uncumbered: meadow-down is not distressed
For a rainbow footing it nor he for his bónes rísen.

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Rearing a Beardivist #1

If a small child asks “Father, when will I be able to grow a beard?” the father responds “Lament not, whelpling, for your day of Beard is nigh. Remember that patience, too, is a beard of its own accord. Virtues are the unseen beard of the soul, and only by their cultivation might we hope to ascend to the warm, murmuring fold of Beardivist Valhalla (which is also sometimes prickly).” If the child is a girl, discard it.

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Beard of Action: Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.

“Growth of beard is but excess of soul.” -Beardivism Proverb

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“A beard is the savings account of the soul. Dividends are paid in whiskers.”

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“Growth of beard is but an excess of soul.”

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