June 10, 2011

Pied Beauty by Gerard Manly Hopkins

Kayak by William Holt

Pied Beauty
by Gerard Manly Hopkins
  
Glory be to God for dappled things--
For skies of couple-colour as a brindles cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

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