Fearfully plain the flowers grew,
Like a child’s book to read,
Or like a friend’s face seen in a glass.
He looked, and there Our Lady was;
She stood and stroked the tall live grass
As a man strokes his steed.
Her face was like a spoken word
When brave men speak and choose,
The very colours of her coat
Were better than good news. . . .
‘The gates of heaven are tightly locked,
We do not guard our gain,
The heaviest hind may easily
Come silently and suddenly
Upon me in a lane.
‘And any little maid that walks
In good thoughts apart,
May break the guard of the Three Kings,
And see the dear and dreadful things
I hid within my heart.’
‘Ballad of Alfred.’
Chesterton, G. K.. The G. K. Chesterton Collection [50 Books] (Kindle Locations 43833-43853). Catholic Way Publishing. Kindle Edition.