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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Honor Leitzen

I can't resist sharing my favorite GKC poem, in return--though I haven't read all of them, either. This one seems so incredibly timely, as so much of his writing does:

A Hymn

G.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.

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 honour 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.

Donna Smith

I love these poems. And Honor, the one you posted goes with the tune of O Sacred Head Now Wounded-- I wonder if that was intentional by Chesterton--it makes it a hymn!

Donna Smith

Hmmm...it pays to read more carefully. Just noted the title A Hymn. Well, it's late.....sorry!

Frank Tavella

Beautiful, and very timely.

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