The Wonders Keep On Coming, At The Ness of Brodgar……..

By Bernie Bell

I checked the Ness of Brodgar dig diary, as I do, and this is what I saw………….

I’m not allowed to use the picture, so, do, please take a look at the dig diary entry, for yourselves.

When I saw that mace-head – here’s what came into my head…………..

Pied Beauty

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

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.

Source: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985)

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Oh, yes!

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