GLORY BE TO GOD FOR DAPPLED THINGS

 

Glory be to God for dappled things –

For skies of couple-color as a brinded cow;

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; fiches 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.

 

PIED BEAUTY by Gerard Manley Hopkins

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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One Response to GLORY BE TO GOD FOR DAPPLED THINGS

  1. 3names1God says:

    Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
    In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
    Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
    Almighty, victorious, your great name we praise.

    Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
    Nor wanting, nor wasting, you rule day and night;
    Your justice like mountains high soaring above
    Your clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

    Life-giving Creator, of both great and small;
    Of all life the maker, the true life of all;
    We blossom, then wither, as leaves on a tree,
    But you live for ever, who is and will be.

    Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
    Your angels adoring, all veiling their sight;
    We too, God invisible, offer our praise;
    O light inaccessible, Ancient of Days!

    Tune: St. Denio 11.11.11.11
    Music: Roberts’ Canaidau y Cyssegr, 1839
    Text: Walter C. Smith, 1824-1908, alt.

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