Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Marriage Song by GK Chesterton

A Marriage Song

by GK Chesterton

Why should we reck of hours that rend

While we two ride together?

The heavens rent from end to end

Would be but windy weather,

The strong stars shaken down in spate

Would be a shower of spring,

And we should list the trump of fate

And hear a linnet sing.

We break the line with stroke and luck,

The arrows run like rain,

If you be struck, or I be struck,

There's one to strike again.

If you befriend, or I befriend,

The strength is in us twain,

And good things end and bad things end,

And you and I remain.

Why should we reck of ill or well

While we two ride together?

The fires that over Sodom fell

Would be but sultry weather.

Beyond all ends to all men given

Our race is far and fell,

We shall but wash our feet in heaven,

And warm our hands in hell.

Battles unborn and vast shall view

Our faltered standards stream,

New friends shall come and frenzies new.

New troubles toil and teem;

New friends shall pass and still renew

One truth that does not seem,

That I am I, and you are you,

And Death a morning dream.

Why should we reck of scorn or praise

While we two ride together?

The icy air of godless days

Shall be but wintry weather.

If hell were highest, if the heaven

Were blue with devils blue,

I should have guessed that all was even,

If I had dreamed of you.

Little I reck of empty prides,

Of creeds more cold than clay;

To nobler ends and longer rides,

My lady rides to-day.

To swing our swords and take our sides

In that all-ending fray

When stars fall down and darkness hides,

When God shall turn to bay.

Why should we reck of grin and groan

While we two ride together?

The triple thunders of the throne

Would be but stormy weather.

For us the last great fight shall roar,

Upon the ultimate plains,

And we shall turn and tell once more

Our love in English lanes.


Congratulations to my dear friends Josh and Charmagne Downes! The wedding in New Zealand was an amazing day of love--not just the pure love of two faithful young Christians, but also the all-encompassing love of God and His Church in giving Charmagne and her family a joyful day of feasting, dancing, and celebration. More here.

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