Words for Wednesday


Pied Beauty

~ Gerald Manley Hopkins

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, finces’ 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.

Picture by the blogger; if you copy, please link back.



4 responses to “Words for Wednesday

  1. My mother sent me a book of Hopkins’s poetry two weeks ago. This was the poem from the collection she encouraged me to try first. 🙂

  2. Jane Gagle-Bennett

    Beautiful illustration of one of my favorite poems. Those specks in the throats must tickle.

  3. abetterjulie, That’s a good place to start. Next, try God’s Grandeur. Jane Gagle-Bennett, I think my foxgloves love that tickle.

    • Your reply made me smile with the warmth of shared words. Her third suggestion was exactly that one. She went for Heaven-Haven as second. Thanks for reinforcing the love of the well-written!

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