Sow for yourself righteousness, reap the fruit of steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain salvation upon you (Hosea 10:12).

vrijdag 25 december 2015

Gloria in profundis - G.K. Chesterton

Gloria In Profundis (G.K. Chesterton)

There has fallen on earth for a token 
A god too great for the sky. 
He has burst out of all things and broken 
The bounds of eternity: 
Into time and the terminal land 
He has strayed like a thief or a lover, 
For the wine of the world brims over, 
Its splendour is spilt on the sand. 

Who is proud when the heavens are humble, 
Who mounts if the mountains fall, 
If the fixed stars topple and tumble 
And a deluge of love drowns all- 
Who rears up his head for a crown, 
Who holds up his will for a warrant, 
Who strives with the starry torrent, 
When all that is good goes down? 

For in dread of such falling and failing 
The fallen angels fell 
Inverted in insolence, scaling 
The hanging mountain of hell: 
But unmeasured of plummet and rod 
Too deep for their sight to scan, 
Outrushing the fall of man 
Is the height of the fall of God. 

Glory to God in the Lowest 
The spout of the stars in spate- 
Where thunderbolt thinks to be slowest 
And the lightning fears to be late: 
As men dive for sunken gem 
Pursuing, we hunt and hound it, 
The fallen star has found it 
In the cavern of Bethlehem.

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