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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (Гилберт Кит Честертон)


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's other poems:
  1. Tribute to Gladstone
  2. For a War Memorial
  3. The Great Minimum
  4. On the Disastrous Spread of Aestheticism in all Classes
  5. To Captain Fryatt


Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Anne Brontë (Энн Бронте) A Hymn ("Eternal power of earth and air")
  • James Thomson (Джеймс Томсон) A Hymn ("These, as they change, Almighty Father, these")
  • James Shirley (Джеймс Шерли) A Hymn ("O FLY, my Soul! What hangs upon")

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