What are the themes of "Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord"?

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Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem, “Thou Art Indeed Just …” is one of what are called the “terrible sonnets”, a group of poems in which Hopkins struggles with problems of religious doubt. An Anglican who converted to Roman Catholicism and joined the Jesuit order, Hopkins was deeply unhappy with his work in Ireland, and assailed by doubts about his faith. In this poem, Hopkins is concerned with the issue of theodicy, the justice of God, and the question of why there seem to be no immediate rewards for goodness and punishments for evil.

Also, the beauty of nature is contrasted with fallen humanity in the poem.

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