Thursday, July 28, 2005

Hopkins Poem & Birthday

"Pied Beauty" is one of my favorite poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins (who happens to be one of my favorite poets). I think I've posted it before on this blog ... but I'm posting it again. It's that delightful.

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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.

Happy Birthday to Gerard Manley Hopkins, born this date in 1844.

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