Chesterton: Is Risen Against the World

“Up on the old white road, brothers,
Up on the Roman walls!
For this is the night of the drawing of swords,
And the tainted tower of the heathen hordes
Leans to our hammers, fires and cords,
Leans a little and falls.

“Follow the star that lives and leaps,
Follow the sword that sings,
For we go gathering heathen men,
A terrible harvest, ten by ten,
As the wrath of the last red autumn – then
When Christ reaps down the kings.

“Follow the light that leaps and spins,
Follow the fire unfurled!
For riseth up against realm and rod,
A thing forgotten, a thing down trod,
The last lost giant, even God,
Is risen against the world.”

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

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