Monday, December 04, 2006

CQOD: 12/05/06 -- Chesterton: a single sword

Christian Quotation of the Day

December 5, 2006
    This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
    -- Psalm 34:6-7 (ESV)

    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.
        ... Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936) [1906]

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