Poem: Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Pied Beauty

 

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 all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare and 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.

 

pied… dappled… couple-colour] of different shades of colour; two-tone

brinded] streaked with different colours

fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls] falling chestnuts as bright as glowing coals

counter] opposite, duplicate

fathers-forth] creates, engenders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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