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Chesterton’s ‘Christmas Carol’ (1900) with Praetorius’ ‘Ach Gott vom Himmelreiche’ (1609)

Postcards of Botticelli’s Mystic Nativity

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G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
A Christmas Carol (1900)

 

Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
Ach Gott vom Himmelreiche (1609)

 

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all aright.)
The Christ-child lay on Mary’s breast
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

 

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s heart,
His hair was like a fire.
(O weary, weary is the world,
But here the world’s desire.)
The Christ-child stood on Mary’s knee,
His hair was like a crown,
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.