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516. Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins: GM Hopkins read by Classic Poetry Aloud: http://www.classicpoetryaloud.com/ Giving voice to t...

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GM Hopkins read by Classic Poetry Aloud:
http://www.classicpoetryaloud.com/

Giving voice to the poetry of the past.

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Pied Beauty
by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 – 1889)

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.

First aired: 21 November 2009

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