„Charles Péguy, stubborn rancours and mishaps and all, is one of the great souls, one of the great prophetic intelligences of the 20th century. I offer my poem as my homage to the triumph of his 'defeat.“

—  Geoffrey Hill, Poetry, Notes on The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Péguy, in Collected Poems Penguin Books 1985
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