Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Taking my leave...

For three days, the philosophy family will be hiking, swimming, and generally carousing around the foothills of Mt. Washington. It is truly beautiful here, as only poetry can tell.

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; 5
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: 10
Praise him.

~Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Pied Beauty"


Melanie B said...

I love the Hopkins. Have a great trip. A very nice place to vacation indeed.

e said...

You let your kids "carouse"? :) I've had to debate this term... My husband disagreed with me that he "caroused" on the Internet. We'll discuss amongst ourselves later...