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Gilbert Keith Chesterton

(29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936 / London, England)

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A Child of the Snows


There is heard a hymn when the panes are dim,
And never before or again,
When the nights are strong with a darkness long,
And the dark is alive with rain.

Never we know but in sleet and in snow,
The place where the great fires are,
That the midst of the earth is a raging mirth
And the heart of the earth a star.

And at night we win to the ancient inn
Where the child in the frost is furled,
We follow the feet where all souls meet
At the inn at the end of the world.

The gods lie dead where the leaves lie red,
For the flame of the sun is flown,
The gods lie cold where the leaves lie gold,
And a Child comes forth alone.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Veteran Poet - 4,498 Points Kim Barney (12/13/2014 7:59:00 AM)

    Obviously the story of Christ's birth, which Mr. Chesterton assumed was on December 25 and there would be snow, but Christ was actually born in the spring of the year. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,756 Points * Sunprincess * (12/13/2013 7:32:00 PM)

    interesting.....I do like these lines...
    ~That the midst of the earth is a raging mirth
    And the heart of the earth a star. ~ (Report) Reply

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