Poetry, VOLUME 4

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

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.


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


One Comment

  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…..