Pied Beauty

Mark Adamo (b. 1962)

Text by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)


Praise him!
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.
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)


This piece was performed on Octarium’s Modern Masters, November 2009.

This piece is also featured on Octarium's 2009 release, Modern Masters.