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Pied Beauty
By Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins is one of our greatest Victorian, religious poets. Since my student days, I have loved his poetry and come back to it again and again. One doesn't need to be religious to appreciate the power and beauty of his words. I was tempted to illustrate the poem with all the elements it contains but it hardly seems necessary as the words speak for themselves!

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 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.

This would look lovely, mounted and framed to decorate any wall and remind us of the mystery of life's beauties.

The image is printed on high-quality matte paper, 178 gsm, almost card weight, with Epson K3 pigment inks which are archival.

Paper size: 21 x 29.7 cm or 8.25 x 11.5 inches.
There is sufficient border for the print to be matted and framed in a standard-size frame.

Your print will be placed inside a polythene bag, packed securely in a cardboard-backed envelope with extra card/paper, and posted via airmail if overseas. All prints, whether antique, vintage or modern should be protected from exposure to direct sunlight.

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Pied Beauty Poetry, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Glory be to God for Dappled Things, Religious Poem, Skies, Trout, Landscape, Cow

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