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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Poem: "Pied Beauty" by Gerard Manley Hopkins

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 and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;       
    And áll trádes, 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.


  1. I love the sound of the words that Gerard Manley Hopkins has chosen - sound in poetry is as important to me as meaning. All those beautiful sounds sandwiched between the powerful commands of "Glory" and "Praise"!

    1. Oh, these are great words to speak aloud. They do produce great sounds in a wonderful hymn of praise.