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Gilbert Keith Chesterton

(29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936 / London, England)

The New Omar


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.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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