“Gracious Lord, oh bomb the Germans…”

Talking of John Betjeman, one of my favourite Betjeman poems is In Westminster Abbey, published in 1940. This fits well with Michael Spencer’s latest post about Christians treating prayer like a divine protection racket:

Think of what our Nation stands for,
   Books from Boots and country lanes,
Free speech, free passes, class distinction,
   Democracy and proper drains.
Lord, put beneath Thy special care
One-eighty-nine Cadogan Square.


But as mentioned before, a mistake to treat the poem solely as a joke.

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2 Responses to “Gracious Lord, oh bomb the Germans…”

  1. Phil Walker says:

    So he had a thing for dropping bombs on people, did he? Germans, inhabitants of Slough…

  2. Thomas says:

    You know, now that you mention it, the Germans have been getting pretty uppity of late. They’re about due for a bombing…

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