It’s hard not to love G. K. Chesterton, with his great wit and incredible one-liners. But did you know he wrote the lyrics for a Christmas carol?
He actually wrote a poem with the name “A Christmas Carol” (did you know he wrote poems?!), and people have put the words to music.
Here’s just one example of his poem set to music, as sung by children:
Here’s an instrumental version of the tune if you want to sing along.
[See also: G. K Chesterton on Christmas: 6 Quotes & a Poem]
And here is the full text of the poem:
The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all alright.)
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.
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