724. O God of Earth and Altar

1 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.

2 From all that terror teaches,
from lies of pen and tongue,
from all the easy speeches
that soothe in our wrong,
from sale and profanation
of honor and the sword,
from sleep and from damnation,
deliver us, good Lord!

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Text Information
First Line: O God of earth and altar
Title: O God of Earth and Altar
Author (st. 1-2): Gilbert K.h Chesterton (1906, alt.)
Author (st. 3): Jane Parker Huber (1985)
Meter: 76.76D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: Times and Seasons: National Songs; God's World: Times and Seasons: National Songs; Judgment (2 more...)
Copyright: St. 3 © 1985 Jane Parker Huber
Tune Information
Meter: 76.76D
Key: g minor

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