I feel I may be temped to slip and once again be drawn back into news site “troll” sparring….

Hymn Before Action

By Rudyard Kipling

The earth is full of anger,

The seas are dark with wrath,

The Nations in their harness

Go up against our path:

Ere yet we loose the legions —

Ere yet we draw the blade,

Jehovah of the Thunders,

Lord God of Battles, aid!

High lust and froward bearing,

Proud heart, rebellious brow —

Deaf ear and soul uncaring,

We seek Thy mercy now!

The sinner that forswore Thee,

The fool that passed Thee by,

Our times are known before Thee —

Lord, grant us strength to die!

For those who kneel beside us

At altars not Thine own,

Who lack the lights that guide us,

Lord, let their faith atone.

If wrong we did to call them,

By honour bound they came;

Let not Thy Wrath befall them,

But deal to us the blame.

From panic, pride, and terror,

Revenge that knows no rein,

Light haste and lawless error,

Protect us yet again.

Cloak Thou our undeserving,

Make firm the shuddering breath,

In silence and unswerving

To taste Thy lesser death!

Ah, Mary pierced with sorrow,

Remember, reach and save

The soul that comes to-morrow

Before the God that gave!

Since each was born of woman,

For each at utter need —

True comrade and true foeman —

Madonna, intercede!

E’en now their vanguard gathers,

E’en now we face the fray —

As Thou didst help our fathers,

Help Thou our host to-day!

Fulfilled of signs and wonders,

In life, in death made clear —

Jehovah of the Thunders,

Lord God of Battles, hear!



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9 Responses to I feel I may be temped to slip and once again be drawn back into news site “troll” sparring….

  1. bltdonahue says:

    OK, I am literally laughing out loud at the picture you put up. That troll is awesome!

  2. Glad you liked it. That was actually a tad bit of work to pull the whole thing together while moving though hotels and airports.

  3. Yes, hookie as it is, I’d always read Hymn Before Action the night before I rolled out the wire. I’m still here blogging so I can’t say it “didn’t” help.

  4. caohaoim says:

    That beer had best be rations and not ammunition.

  5. caohaoim says:

    And turn you spell check on or you may be temped.

  6. caohaoim says:

    It’s where you get a check if you can spell than the winner of the Battle of Nawlins.

  7. The beer is definitely a cache of staple goods.

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