By the Babe Unborn

I have nothing to add to the profound musings of G.K. Chesterton.  I just ran across this beautiful poem by the prolific English writer and apologist–I thought you’d enjoy. 

By the Babe Unborn

If trees were tall and grasses short,
As in some crazy tale,
If here and there a sea were blue
Beyond the breaking pale,
 
If a fixed fire hung in the air
To warm me one day through,
If deep green hair grew on great hills,
I know what I should do.
 
In dark I lie; dreaming that there
Are great eyes cold or kind,
And twisted streets and silent doors,
And living men behind.
 
Let storm clouds come: better an hour,
And leave to weep and fight,
Than all the ages I have ruled
The empires of the night.
 
I think that if they gave me leave
Within the world to stand,
I would be good through all the day
I spent in fairyland.
 
They should not hear a word from me
Of selfishness or scorn,
If only I could find the door,
If only I were born.

  • http://pop-sesivo.tumblr.com Gonzalo Jimenez

    Thanks por posting this poem. I’m a huge Chesterton fan and I have almost all his books. But I didn’t know this poem. It gave me hope and enlightened me.

  • Nancy Wang

    That’s lovely, thank you for posting it!


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