Pied Beauty

By GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

Peek-a-Boo Cow ( Art.com)

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 trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spáre, strange;
Whatever is fickle, frecklèd (who knows how?)
With swíft, slów; sweet, sóur; adázzle, dím;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is pást change:
Práise hím.

Gerald Manley Hopkins Contemporaries
A.E. Housman
Robert Louis Stevenson
Paul Verlaine
James Whitcomb Riley

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