Pied Beauty

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

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 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.


Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89)

Size: closed H. 8.25 " x  W 6.5" x D 1"

         open    H. 8.25" x  W 77.25" x D .25"


Medium: Arches text wove paper, acrylic paint, Letraset double sides tape, glue stick and button hole thread. The text and all images were cut by hand with an Xacto # 11 blade.


This is the companion piece to my earlier Pied Beauty. It  uses the cut-out letters from the star book version and Hopkin's original text.

Pied Beauty