Poem of the Week: “Pied Beauty”

Again, thanks to The Oxford Book of English Verse, I found this lovely little thing:

“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.
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3 thoughts on “Poem of the Week: “Pied Beauty”

    1. I read “God’s Grandeur” just the other day and you’re right, it is magnificent. I haven’t read “Windhover” yet, but I’ll be sure to look that one up!

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