Joseph (G. K. Chesterton)

Bij de derde zondag van de Advent


De droom van Sint Jozef door Philippe de Champaigne, 1642-43



If the stars fell; night’s nameless dreams
Of bliss and blasphemy came true,
If skies were green and snow were gold,
And you loved me as I love you;

O long light hands and curled brown hair,
And eyes where sits a naked soul;
Dare I even then draw near and burn
My fingers in the aureole?

Yes, in the one wise foolish hour
God gives this strange strength to a man.
He can demand, though not deserve,
Where ask he cannot, seize he can.

But once the blood’s wild wedding o’er,
Were not dread his, half dark desire,
To see the Christ-child in the cot,

The Virgin Mary by the fire?


G. K. Chesterton (29 mei 1874 – 14 juli 1936)
Trafalgar Square, Londen in kersttijd. G. K. Chesterton werd geboren in Londen


Zie voor de schrijvers van de 13e december ook mijn vorige twee blogs van vandaag.