By now, this, our contemporary world
near on a century by Monsters held
– in whose great names the masses have unfurled
the banner of “equality”, and swelled.
Hussein, Stalin, and Hitler envied it,
if not for honesty, but still had their effect;
and we’ve spent all these years to guard a Writ
which, indefensible, cannot protect.
Good Christ, if great men only rallied, now,
with virtue, peace, and justice held most dear!
Lord, give us clouds to ride upon, O Thou
who raisest death for life to spite the bier.
Yes, Empire’s dead – yet hope is not gone, too;
her wounds are fresh, and that makes all things new.

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