4881. 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 Thy thunder from us, but take away our pride.

2. 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!

3. 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.

Text Information
First Line: O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry
Title: O God of Earth and Altar
Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1906)
Meter: 76.76 D
Language: English
Source: Commonwealth, 1906
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: KING'S LYNN, traditional English melody, arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906)
Tune Information
Composer: Anonymous
Meter: 76.76 D
Incipit: 51122 32114 43325
Key: g minor
Source: Welsh melody from Hymnau a Thonau, by D. Evans, 1865
Copyright: Public Domain

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