Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PIED BEAUTY, by GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS

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First Line: Glory be to god for dappled things
Last Line: Praise him.
Subject(s): Beauty; Christianity; Environment; Fields; God; Language; Men; Nature; Religion; Worship; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas; Words; Vocabulary; Theology

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 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; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

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