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Lines by Heart: Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Written by Rachael Norris, 15th November 2020

This week Frances Macmillan, editor of The Reader Magazine reads Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

The theme for our daily readings and recommendations in November is 'Light in the Dark' - download the full calendar here.

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

 

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