Beauty Past Change

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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 “Pied Beauty”
There is no perfection outside of Him;
His reflected beauty has no uniformity.
We give Him glory in our imperfection,
the defects and blemishes which
only He can make whole.
Who knows why He does this?
Yet He does.
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6 thoughts on “Beauty Past Change

  1. Hopkins is almost always in my head in the fall, alternating between these lines and “the world is charged with the grandeur of God.” I love these beautiful photos and the idea that we have the same poet running through our minds. (of course). xox

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  2. Those who judge only by what they see on the exterior – of a human being, or of anything fashioned
    by our Creator-God – make a serious mistake. Doing so deprives one of the magical, spiritually fulfilling
    experience of looking deeper to find the hidden true beauty within – exactly where God in His wisdom placed it..

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