Today (Sept. 20) is the birthday of the Inkling Charles Williams, born 1886…
We honor the birthday of Charles Williams with five excellent poems by him…
*** These poems were published in
Charles William’s 1917 book
Poems of Conformity
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With arms all bare to household toil
And a little child in hand,
The Mother of God goes on, goes on,
Beside her Peter, beside her John,
And chanting priest and singing bard,
And Michael the warrior for her guard,
She walks a fertile land.
She treads the ways of Sarras town
As Nazareth she trod,
She knows to mend, she knows to cook,
She knows on Lord Jesus’ face to look,
Before her feet the high kings ran.
She, the Maid, is the Mother of Man,
She is the Mother of God.
Sorrow and Labour and Delight
Go surely up with her.
Softly and gaily she goes on,
As when she did her sandals don,
As when she rinsed the cup and can
For blessed Joseph, a labouring man,
And God, a Carpenter.
IMAGE CREDIT: Detail from the cover of Charles Williams: The Third Inkling by Grevel Lindop. [ Buy Now ]
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