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Friday, December 14, 2007

Deck the Blog: Part I

I recently discovered a handful of really fine Advent/Christmas poetry. I have not been inspired to write much myself these past few weeks, so as we approach the most wonderful and glorious feast of the Incarnation, I've decided to use this blog space as a bulletin board to display my favorite seasonal reflections from poetry or song. I hope you enjoy...

A LITTLE LITANY
by G.K. Chesterton
When God turned back eternity and was young,
Ancient of Days, grown little for your mirth
(As under the low arch the land is bright)
Peered through you, gate of heaven--and saw the earth.

Or shutting out his shining skies awhile
Built you about him for a house of gold
To see in pictured walls his storied world
Return upon him as a tale is told.

Or found his mirror there; the only glass
That would not break with that unbearable light
Till in a corner of the high dark house
God looked on God, as ghosts meet in the night.

Star of his morning; that unfallen star
In that strange starry overturn of space
When earth and sky changed places for an hour
And heaven looked upwards in a human face.

Or young on your strong knees and lifted up
Wisdom cried out, whose voice is in the street,
And more than twilight of twiformed cherubim
Made of his throne indeed a mercy-seat.

Or risen from play at your pale raiment's hem
God, grown adventurous from all time's repose,
Or your tall body climed the ivory tower
And kissed upon your mouth the mystic rose.

*HAT TIP Blue Boar for introducing me to this delightful selection.

2 Comments:

Blogger crusader88 said...

The final stanza is especially delightful.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Raindear said...

I agree, though I think the fourth stanza might be my favorite.

12:15 PM  

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