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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
 
A Hymn

By Gilbert K. Chesterton

(English essayist and poet, 1874–1936)
 
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,        5
  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,        10
From all the easy speeches
  That comfort cruel men,
From sale and profanation
  Of honor and the sword,
From sleep and from damnation,        15
  Deliver us, good Lord.
 
Tie in a living tether
  The priest and prince and thrall,
Bind all our lives together,
  Smite us and save us all;        20
In ire and exultation
  Aflame with faith, and free,
Lift up a living nation,
  A single sword to Thee.
 
 
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