Pied Beauty

by Gerard Manley Hopkins (mostly)

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. 9.75 " x  W 7.875" x D 1"

         open    H. 9.75" x  W 54" x D 7"


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


I have a companion piece that uses the cut-out letters and the original text.





Pied Beauty again