Treasure Island

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

A Little Litany


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.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: star, mirror, house, heaven, rose, god, dark, sky, light, world, night, time, kiss, change

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Little Litany by Gilbert Keith Chesterton )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Left Naked And Exposed, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  2. Birth day, Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  3. TWILIGHT, Meggie Gultiano
  4. Morning prayers., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  5. Favorite Quote, Nautica Moxley
  6. Building Bricks, Jude Ogunade
  7. A Hydro Odyssey, Patrick Czyz
  8. Salvation, Earth And Sadness, Tony Adah
  9. Perspective, Patrick Czyz
  10. flesh to flesh, jaquesha webb

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Randall Jarrell

 

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. No Man Is An Island, John Donne

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]