Category Archives: Hymns

O God of Earth and Altar

We live in one of the greatest countries on Earth, but let us not live in denial: America is a mess!  There are numerous Scriptures to address this concern, but for today, I simply want to share a very insightful hymn by Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1906).

 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! …