Pied Beauty – SATB, 3'

Paul Fowler on all parts (demo recording)

Text by Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Pied Beauty” from Poems. Commissioned by Anna Mae Patterson in thanksgiving for choral singing friends and her parents, Barbara E and George W Patterson. Premiered 3/7/09 by the Chicago Choral Artists with Donald Nally (cond.) at Sisters of St. Joseph Chapel, IL.

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.

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