Pied Beauty


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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 and strange;

What is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

With swift, slow; sweet, sour; dazzle, dim;

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him. [1]

[1] by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Poet-Priest, 1844-1889



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7 responses to “Pied Beauty

  1. Very nice! My interest in poetry has surged in the last year. What a pleasure to find reference to a Poet-Priest.

  2. Jerilyn Burgess

    As a lifelong fan of Gerard Manley Hopkins, I was happy just to read the title of your post! Such a beautiful poem.

  3. I love Gerard Manley Hopkins. Thank for this reminder this morning!

  4. matthew bowers

    Do you know who owns that sunrise image. I am interested in using it. Thanks alot


    • Fr. James Coles

      Matthew, I have searched and searched and simply cannot find where I came up with this photo. It is not mine and I should have properly credited this photo when I used it last October. I have made a new note on the photo that the proper credit is missing. Thank you for stopping by the blog.
      Yours, Fr. James

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