Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Pied Beauty

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

You may find it helpful to listen to Richard Austin’s excellent recitation of this poem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 àll tràdes, 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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