Here is the Little Door

Here is a little poem–not by G. K. Chesterton, but by his wife Frances. Frances had her own writing career, and her poetry was much influenced by her husband’s style. Herself childless, she often dwelt on the “tiny hands” and “tiny feet” of the Christ Child.

Here is the little door,
Lift up the latch, oh lift!
We need not wander more
But enter with our gift;
Our gift of finest gold,
Gold that was never bought nor sold;
Myrrh to be strewn about his bed;
Incense in clouds about his head;
All for the Child who stirs not in his sleep
But holy slumber holds with ass and sheep.

Bend low about his bed,
For each he has a gift;
See how his eyes awake,
Lift up your hands, O lift!
For gold, he gives a keen-edged sword
(Defend with it Thy little Lord!),
For incense, smoke of battle red,
Myrrh for the honoured happy dead;
Gifts for his children terrible and sweet,
Touched by such tiny hands and
Oh such tiny feet.

~ Frances Chesterton (1869-1938)


About middlingpoet

From the Gawain poet to Rainer Maria Rilke: I love traditional poetry.
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