Chesterton "Little Litany"

A Little Litany
Gilbert Keith 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 climbed the ivory tower
  And kissed upon your mouth the mystic rose.

I stumbled across this and thought it was beautiful. Based on the Litany of Loreto. I think I might have Christmas cards made with a Madonna and Child on the front, and this poem on the inside left side.

I really like Chesterton, but I had never read this before…thanks for posting!

Actually, I first learned about him from a Christmas card. I bought some cards with part of “A Christmas Carol”, a poem, by Chesterton. I was curious about the rest of the poem, looked it up online, and discovered Chesterton. One year I used his “Christmas Poem” inside my cards. Maybe you are already familiar with them, but if not, you should definitely google them. If you like Little Litany, you will love them!

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