Tuesday, November 26, 2013


The New Omar

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), "The New Omar," Collected Works, Vol. X: Collected Poetry, Part I (San Francisco: Ignatius, 1994), p. 504:
A book of verses underneath the bough,
  Provided that the verses do not scan,
A loaf of bread a jug of wine and Thou,
  Short-haired, all angles, looking like a man.

But let the wine be unfermented, pale,
  Of chemicals compounded, God knows how—
This were indeed the Prophet's Paradise,
  O Paradise were Wilderness enow.
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