Chesterton: The Giant Laughter of Christian Men

The giant laughter of Christian men
That roars through a thousand tales,
Where greed is an ape and pride is an ass,
And Jack’s away with his master’s lass,
And the miser is banged with all his brass,
The Farmer with all his flails;

Tales that tumble and tales that trick,
Yet end not all in scorning –
Of kings and crowns in a merry plight,
And the clock gone wrong and the world gone right,
That the mummers sing upon Christmas night
And Christmas day in the morning.

– G.K. Chesterton, The Ballad of the White Horse

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