18 G. K. CHESTERTON Austria against the Mohammedan menace. The Sultan boasts : We have set the seal of Solomon on all things under sun Of knowledge and of sorrow and endurance of things done. But a noise is in the mountains—in the mountains—and I know The voice that shook our palaces four hundred years ago. It is he that saith not * Kismet * ; it is he that knows not Fate : It is Richard, it is Raymond, it is Godfrey in the gate! It is he whose loss is laughter when he counts the wager worth. Put down your feet upon him, that our peace be on the earth ! Of course, Chesterton was —as he himself was always the first to insist—above all 'a roaring journalist'. Careful, polished, classical work was foreign to his nature—whether in prose or verse, and therefore, if we take his collected poems, we find that many pages are filled with verbal quips, that are at the best amusing and at the worst hardly perhaps worth preserving. But to say that his work is uneven is to say something that could as well be said of almost all poets. Of the rest there are the satirical poems of which the most famous is that on the late Lord Birkenhead, entitled Anti- Christ, or the Reunion of Christendom. Lord Birkenhead (then Mr. F. E. Smith) had made a speech on the Welsh Disestablishment Bill in which he had denounced it as ' a Bill which has shocked the conscience of every Christian community in Europe'. Chesterton thought this denun- ciation on Smith's lips to be quite insincere and he asked in bitter irony, In the mountain hamlets clothing Peaks beyond Caucasian pales Where Establishment means nothing And they never heard of Wales, Do they read it all in Hansard* With a crib to read it with, * Welsh Tithes; Dr. Clifford Answered '.* Really, Smith? * Hansard is, of course, the name given to the official report of the debates of the House of Commons, and Dr. Clifford was a famous Non- conformist divine of the day, a great opponent of the Welsh Establishment.