O, Thank God for the poets in a time such as this!

Here, for instance, is an excerpt from a poem by W. H. Auden:


"The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish:
What mad Nijinsky wrote
About Diaghilev
Is true of the normal heart;
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone."

- W. H. Auden, from September 1, 1939. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/september-1-1939 

And from Holy Scripture:

Psalm 146:2-5  (Book of Common Prayer translation)

Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *
    for there is no help in them.

When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *
    and in that day their thoughts perish.

Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
    whose hope is in the LORD their God;

And from American contrarian and prophet Wendell Berry:

So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor. 
Love someone who does not deserve it. 

Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed. 

 -an excerpt from "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front."  From Collected Poems: 1957 - 1982. (New York: North Point Press, 1995) p. 151.

And from the Gospel According to Luke, the Song of Mary (BCP 1979 translation, Rite I):

My soul doth magnify the Lord,

and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

For he hath regarded

the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold, from henceforth

all generations will call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me,

and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him

throughout all generations.

He hath showed strength with his arm;

he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat,

and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel,

as he promised to our forefathers,

Abraham and his seed forever.

 

Amen.