Last Reviewed on October 11, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 474
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
The multiple meanings of the word "charged" in this initial sentence are crucial to the poem. First, the world is powered with the grandeur of God. God's hand is in the details of all the natural world as its creator. Second, the word also connotes the idea of being tasked with protecting the grandeur that God has created, as inhabitants of this earth. And this sets up the central issue: sometimes, humans don't.
Why do men then now not reck his rod?
If humankind is charged with taking care of the earth, why do they not then fear God's anger if they fail to do so? The word "rod" here also carries additional connotations, such as the Biblical allusion to Proverbs 13:24: "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them." Perhaps God will use discipline to remind His children of their duties on Earth.
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil
the soilIs bare now
And for all this, nature is never spent;There lives the dearest freshness deep down things
Because the Holy Ghost over the bentWorld broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
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