Particularly Appropriate: A Hymn, by G.K. Chesterton

kinnon —  October 20, 2008 — 3 Comments

Wycliffe’s Professor Joe Mangina mentioned this piece by G.K.C last week. It seems particularly appropriate (which I’m sure is why he mentioned it.) It appears in a number of Hymnals as O God of Earth and Altar:

A Hymn

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.

– Gilbert Keith Chesterton



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

3 responses to Particularly Appropriate: A Hymn, by G.K. Chesterton

  1. Shalom

  2. Wow, that’s awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Pretty much on the money!


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