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Chestnuts_in_Wadgetts_Copse_-_geograph.org.uk_-_591731

 

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;

Landscapes plotted and pieced – fold, fallow and plough;

and all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

 

All things counter, original, spare, strange;

Whatever is fickly, freckled (who know how?)

With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change;

Praise him.

 

Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844 – 1889

 

Image Credit: Commons Wikimedia