Monday, December 23, 2002

On the folks who try to take Christ out of Christmas
I found this brilliant piece over at Removing All Doubt.
This sort of thing is older than many people suppose. I found this bit of verse by the great G.K. Chesterton a while ago. It was his comment on an incident he found in the news of his time....

by G.K. Chesterton

(The Chief Constable has issued a statement declaring that carol singing in the streets by children is illegal, and morally and physically injurious. He appeals to the public to discourage the practice. -Daily Paper )

God rest you merry gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay;
The Herald Angels cannot sing,
The cops arrest them on the wing,
And warn them of the docketing
Of anything they say.

God rest you merry gentlemen,
May nothing you dismay:
On your reposeful cities lie
Deep silence, broken only by
The motor-horn's melodious cry,
The hooter's happy bray.

So, when the song of children ceased,
And Herod was obeyed,
In his high hall Corinthian
With purple and with peacock fan,
Rested that merry gentleman;
And nothing him dismayed.


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