Here, he praises God and gives thanks. Why is he giving thanks? "For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow:
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; "
Hopkins points out things that the majority of us take for granted on a daily basis. He finds beauty and eccentricity in all thst he sees: the irregular shapes and contrasting colours in the sky, which he compares to a brinded (brown and white) cow. In addition, he sees a quirky appeal in the rose-spotted belly of a trout, a fish common in the streams and lakes of England. Hopkins then leads us toward the climax of the vision by taking us through a striking sequence: a natural element, the sky; living things; the humanly worked landscape; equipment; humans themselves; and contrasting pairs of general properties. The concluding contrasts embrace all creatures (swift, slow), and the full range of human experience (from adazzle to dim). He states that some of these daily phenomenons acquire their beauty when coming into contact with man and things made by man. "Who knows how?"
This rhetorical question shifts us back to philosophical...