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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.

Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: . . .

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Anthony Esolen is a professor at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire, and the author of many books, including Life Under Compulsion (ISI Books), 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 Press, 2019). He has also translated Dante's Divine Comedy (Random House). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.


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