O God Of Earth And Altar

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 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.


Words: Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1906

Music: King’s Lynn

Meter: 76 76 D

 

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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3 Responses to O God Of Earth And Altar

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    Very nice. Especially the lyrics by our old CP&S standby.

  2. GC says:

    He wrote it in 1906, JH, long before he became a Catholic in 1922. You can see it coming, but.

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