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Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)
(First published in 1918)

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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, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
      With swíft, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dím;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

                                                      Praise hím.