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Poems of G.K. Chesterton

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Contents Include: Three Dedications To Edmund Clerihew Bentley To Hilaire Belloc To M.E.W War Poems Lepanto The March of the Black Mountain 1913 Blessed are the Peacemakers The Wife of Flanders The Crusader Returns from Captivity LOVE POEMS: Glencoe Love's Trappist Confessional Music The Deluge The Strange Music The Great Minimum The Mortal Answers The Marriage Song Bay Co ...more
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Published April 16th 2013 by Pomona Press (first published 1980)
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Luis Branco
Chesterton is always a pleasure to read. It is a fantastic book with well composed theopoems.
Miss Clark
Nov 21, 2008 Miss Clark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes G. K. Chesterton and good poetry
I absolutely loved this collected volume of Gilbert Keith Chesterton's stunning poetry. I had already had the pleasure of reading "The Ballad of the White Horse", but many of the shorter pieces were new to me and I would highly recommend that any Chestertonion read this book, and then add it to their collection as I am sure you will want to read it again and again...
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I'd like to write the perfect review to get you to read this book, especially since the e-book is available for free - but whether or not you read it wholly comes down to what you choose to do. I can only tell you, if you choose to read this book - that you will have made a good choice, and you will not regret it.
Some of Chesterton's writing is hard to grasp, but some of it is so clear and profound that it takes your breath away.
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi ...more
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“A Second Childhood.”

When all my days are ending
And I have no song to sing,
I think that I shall not be too old
To stare at everything;
As I stared once at a nursery door
Or a tall tree and a swing.

Wherein God’s ponderous mercy hangs
On all my sins and me,
Because He does not take away
The terror from the tree
And stones still shine along the road
That are and cannot be.

Men grow too old for love, my love,
Men grow too old for wine,
But I shall not grow too old to see
Unearthly daylight shine,
Changing my chamber’s dust to snow
Till I doubt if it be mine.

Behold, the crowning mercies melt,
The first surprises stay;
And in my dross is dropped a gift
For which I dare not pray:
That a man grow used to grief and joy
But not to night and day.

Men grow too old for love, my love,
Men grow too old for lies;
But I shall not grow too old to see
Enormous night arise,
A cloud that is larger than the world
And a monster made of eyes.

Nor am I worthy to unloose
The latchet of my shoe;
Or shake the dust from off my feet
Or the staff that bears me through
On ground that is too good to last,
Too solid to be true.

Men grow too old to woo, my love,
Men grow too old to wed;
But I shall not grow too old to see
Hung crazily overhead
Incredible rafters when I wake
And I find that I am not dead.

A thrill of thunder in my hair:
Though blackening clouds be plain,
Still I am stung and startled
By the first drop of the rain:
Romance and pride and passion pass
And these are what remain.

Strange crawling carpets of the grass,
Wide windows of the sky;
So in this perilous grace of God
With all my sins go I:
And things grow new though I grow old,
Though I grow old and die.”
“The pale leaf falls in pallor, but the green leaf turns to gold; We that have found it good to be young shall find it good to be old;” 0 likes
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