Tuesday, March 23, 2010

pied beauty

Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins

GLORY be to God for dappled things —
For skies of couple-colour as a brindled 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 comment:

Shari Morehouse said...

he was one of my favourite poets in my English Lit class in college. There's one about God's grandeur and it's imagery has always stuck with me.