290. 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
Poor home and mighty hall;
Bind all our lives together,
Transform and save us all;
In ire and exultation
Aflame with faith, and free,
Lift up a living nation
With hearts made one in thee!

Text Information
First Line: O God of earth and altar
Title: O God of Earth and Altar
Author: Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Adapter: P. Blood-Patterson
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Equality; Human Family; Justice (1 more...)
Copyright: © 1906 Oxford University Press
Notes: Now Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: David Evans (1927)
Key: g minor
Source: Traditional Welsh melody
Copyright: © 1927 Oxford University Press

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