Poem: “Pied Beauty” – Gerard Manley Hopkins [Vol. 4, #16]

July 29, 2011


Pied Beauty
Gerard Manley Hopkins

[ Found in GM Hopkins: Poems and Prose ]

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.

One response to Poem: “Pied Beauty” – Gerard Manley Hopkins [Vol. 4, #16]

  1. I came across this marvellous poem while I was a student at Bennington years and years and years ago…..Sometimes you feel like a poem is an old friend you haven’t seen in so, so long….the use of language is admirable…..