a hymn

i came across these words by G.K. Chesterton today, and they seemed especially fitting during a campaign season filled with much vitriol:

God of earth and altar, Bow down and hear our cry,
Our earthly rulers falter, Our people drift and die;
The walls of gold entomb us, The swords of scorn divide,
Take not thy thunder from us, But take away our pride.

From all that terror teaches, From lies of tongue and pen,
From all the easy speeches That comfort cruel men,
From sale and profanation Of honor, and the sword,
From sleep and from damnation, Deliver us, good Lord!

Tie in a living tether The prince and priest and thrall,
Bind all our lives together, Smite us and save us all;
In ire and exultation Aflame with faith, and free,
Lift up a living nation, A single sword to thee.


Anonymous said...

I agree this is perfect for this season!

Mary Ann Hartzell said...

I love this Suzannah. When was it written? I would love to send this to others, also your I believe blog ... How can I do that? Thanks for sharing your heart. I love you and thank God for you.

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