Gerard Manley Hopkins
Pied Beauty (c. 1910)

 

Glory be to God for dappled things,

 

For skies of couple-color as a brinded cow,

 

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

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Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls, finchesí wings;

 

Landscape plotted and pieced, fold, fallow and plough,

 

And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

 

All things counter, original, spare, strange,

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Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

 

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

 

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change;

 

Praise him.