Poem of the day

Pied Beauty
by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

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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