A Gladsome Thanksgiving

Louis Glackens. Holiday cover for Puck Magazine, November 23, 1904.
Louis Glackens. Holiday cover for Puck Magazine, November 23, 1904.

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 piecedfold, 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.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty