Pied Beauty

  • Pied Beauty

  • 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 àll tràdes, 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.
illustration of a brook trout
“rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim”
(see “Pied Beauty,” line 3)
Brinded calf in the grass at St. Beuno's
“couple-colour as a brinded cow”
(see “Pied Beauty,” line 2)

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