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Friday Poems: “Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

I was lucky enough to be introduced to this poem when I was a teenager at Tiffin Girls’ School in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. I love the images, and the rhythm of this poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889). The photo is of a Pied Wagtail:


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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