all the easy speeches that comfort cruel men

Hymn by G.K. 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!

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.


  1. Esther says:

    I really like this, Jesse. Did Chesterton write anything that isn’t great? 🙂

  2. Jesse says:

    Esther, Chesterton’s stuff is pretty consistently great. 🙂 I so enjoyed “Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton” by Dale Ahlquist which my in-laws got me for Christmas. Ahlquist provides a fun and fast-paced introduction to Chesterton’s thought and writing (packed with quotes of course) and a nicely annotated bibliography at the back.

    1. crankadank says:

      I’ll have to keep an eye out for it–sounds great. Daniel and I would both enjoy it.

      My favorite short article by Chesterton (maybe especially meaningful to a wife and mom):

  3. Esther says:

    Sorry–that was me–logged into our firstborn’s blog by accident!

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