A Prayer for Today, from a Hundred Years Ago

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 your 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.

From G.K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)

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