Sunday, November 6, 2016

Swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim



Pied Beauty



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. 

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89). Poems. 1918. 


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