“And why does Mr. Chesterton drag Catholic propaganda even into detective stories?” — From a very indulgent reviewer

Under that blue Italian dome,
Men throned the Thunderer in the sky
And still his priests creep forth from Rome
And walk Sub Divo on the sly:
And painters, under priestly strictures,
Must drag the sky into their pictures.

Priests in the School; each astral chart
Must show the sun on pain of sin:
Priests in the Home; in rooms apart
Some windows drag the daylight in
And private portraits still are made
Of cunning blends of light and shade.

Since Jupiter Capitoline
Was set above the storms on high,
No landscape-painter yet has dared
To paint the land above the sky.
Since dead religions will not die,
What of abolishing the sky?

— (1926).

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