mercoledì 1 maggio 2019

Non tutti sanno che Chesterton scrisse il testo di un inno religioso...

Eccolo qui, il titolo è: O God of earth and altar.
Ho avuto occasione di cantarlo con gli amici americani a messa durante una Conference.

Marco Sermarini


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.


Qui sotto una versione a cura del Coro del Trinity College, Cambridge:

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