Poetry Plus – The Strange Music – A poem by G. K. Chesterton

© Olivier Hijmans, The Harp

The Strange Music by G. K. Chesterton

In My Aching Heart

In my aching heart,
the sweet music of your love
plucks her healing tunes.

G. K. Chesterton, (1874 -1936) was an influential English writer of the early twentieth century. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy, and detective fiction.

Chesterton has been called the “prince of paradox.” He wrote in an off-hand, whimsical prose studded with startling formulations.

Poem Attribution © G. K. Chesterton, The Strange Music

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American Sentence Attribution Goff James, In My Aching Heart

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Painting Attribution © Olivier Hijmans, The Harp, (Date Unstated)

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The Strange Music by G. K. Chesterton

Other loves may sink and settle, other loves may loose and slack,
But I wander like a minstrel with a harp upon his back,
Though the harp be on my bosom, though I finger and I fret,
Still, my hope is all before me: for I cannot play it yet.

In your strings is hid a music that no hand hath e’er let fall,
In your soul is sealed a pleasure that you have not known at all;
Pleasure subtle as your spirit, strange and slender as your frame,
Fiercer than the pain that folds you, softer than your sorrow’s name.

Not as mine, my soul’s annointed, not as mine the rude and light
Easy mirth of many faces, swaggering pride of song and fight;
Something stranger, something sweeter, something waiting you afar,
Secret as your stricken senses, magic as your sorrows are.

But on this, God’s harp supernal, stretched but to be stricken once,
Hoary time is a beginner, Life a bungler, Death a dunce.
But I will not fear to match them-no, by God, I will not fear,
I will learn you, I will play you and the stars stand still to hear.

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/G._K._Chesterton


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