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A Prayer

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.

- G. K. Chesterton

Eugene H. Peterson, Where Your Treasure Is (William B. Eerdmans Publ. Co., Grand Rapids; 1985), frontispiece