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Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J. 2017 Jan-Mar; 13(1): 41.
PMCID: PMC5385799

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.

—Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889) was an English-Irish Jesuit priest and inspired poet. Oxford educated and from a religious Anglican family, he converted to Catholicism as a young man. His poems are remarkable for their inventive use of sound and meter. “Pied Beauty” sees beauty and God in a little-noted aspect of nature, one we often take for granted. It was Hopkins' genius to find God in dappled things.


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