Deliver Us

O God of Earth and Altar

~Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

O 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.

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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!

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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

A-flame with faith and free,

Lift up a living nation,

A single sword to Thee.

Amen

 

One comment on “Deliver Us

  1. Dicky says:

    Jeanne, thank you for your good heart for our nation. We need the Lord to guide us.

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