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's wings;
      Landscape plotted and pieced–fold, fallow, and plough;
            And all trades, 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.