Except the Lord Build by Anthony Esolen

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Except the
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Anthony Esolen on Education & Houses of the Lord (A Graduation Address)

Ladies and Gentlemen, parents, friends, and graduates, hear the word of the Lord as the Psalmist speaks it to us:

Except the Lord build the house,
     they labor in vain that build it;
Except the Lord keep the city,
     the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late,
     to eat the bread of sorrows;
     for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

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Anthony Esolen is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Thales College and the author of over 30 books, including Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church (Tan, with a CD), Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (Regnery), and The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord (Ignatius). He has also translated Dante’s Divine Comedy (Random House) and, with his wife Debra, publishes the web magazine Word and Song (anthonyesolen.substack.com). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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