Except the Lord Build by Anthony Esolen

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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 a professor and writer-in-residence at Magdalene College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire. His many books include Sex in the Unreal City: The Demolition of the Western Mind, Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, and The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord. He is a regular contributor to Chronicles, Crisis Magazine, The Claremont Review, Inside the Vatican Things, The Catholic Thing, and American Greatness. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy. He is a Roman Catholic and lives with his wife in New Hampshire. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.


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