He fathers-forth beauty

12 Apr 2022 | Our Father | 0 comments

Glory be to God for dappled things –

For skies of couple-colour as a brindled cow;

For rose moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh-firecoal chestnut falls; finches wings;

Landscape plotted and pierced – fold, fallow, and plough;

And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.


All things counter, original, spare, strange;

Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

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

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.


Gerald Manley Hopkins (1844 – 89).

Notes from the Compiler


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