Pied Beauty "Glory Be To God For Dappled Things"
by Gerard Manley Hopkins

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"Glory Be To God For Dappled Things"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: This poem is a kind of hymn in praise to God, and the beauty and wonder of the world He created. Hopkins concentrates upon one aspect of this idea, singing of the intense esthetic pleasures he feels in contemplating the variety of colors, shapes, and things all about him. In variety and complexity, he seems to be saying, there is a special gratification not gotten from simple scenes. In the spotted coloring of fish, and the endlessly varying patterns of leaves he sees direct evidence of the limitless creative power of God.

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.