Gerard Manley Hopkins

Pied Beauty

Reverend Father Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.






Glory be to God for dappled things --
  For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
  For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
 Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
  Landscape plotted |&| pieced -- fold, fallow, |&| plough;
  And {'a}ll trades, their gear |&| tackle |&| trim.
  All things counter, original, sp{'a}re, strange;
  Whatever is fickle, freckl{`e}d, (who knows how?)
  With sw{'i}ft, sl{'o}w; sweet, s{'o}ur; ad{'a}zzle, d{'i}m;
  He fathers-forth whose beauty is p{'a}st change:
  Pr{'a}ise h{'i}m.

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