February 10th, 2008

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Feeling moody, and restful and contrary

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

13. 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.