Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Saturday, May 03, 2014

"And Kissed Upon Your Mouth the Mystic Rose"

Today, I am combining my Every Day in May for Mary with Sarah's Weekends with Chesterton. I have never been a Chesterton follower (truly because I'm just not that deep), but I stumbled upon this poem written about Our Blessed Mother and I fell in love.

BAROCCI, Federico Fiori
Virgin and Child with Sts Simon and Jude (Madonna di San Simone)
c. 1567

by GK Chesterton

When God turned back eternity and was young, 
Ancient of Days, grown little for your mirth 
(As under the low arch the land is bright) 
Peered through you, gate of heaven--and saw the earth.
 Or shutting out his shining skies awhile 
Built you about him for a house of gold 
To see in pictured walls his storied world 
Return upon him as a tale is told. 
Or found his mirror there, the only glass 
That would not break with that unbearable light 
Till in a corner of the high dark house 
God looked on God, as ghosts meet in the night. 
Star of his morning, that un-fallen star 
In the strange starry overturn of space 
When earth and sky changed places for an hour 
And heaven looked upwards in a human face. 
Or young on your strong knees and lifted up 
Wisdom cried out, whose voice is in the street, 
And more than twilight of twi-formed cherubim 
Made of his throne indeed a mercy-seat. 
Or risen from play at your pale raiment's hem 
God, grown adventurous from all time's repose, 
Of your tall body climbed the ivory tower 
And kissed upon your mouth the mystic rose.


  1. I forget how beautiful your blog and rosary making apostolate are Barb!! I just posted you on the Modg Moms loop :) lovely items!! God bless+

  2. Thank you, Denise. You are so kind. :-)


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