City commuters will soon start their journeys with the blessing, “Lord, guide us” as they commence their journeys on the Elizabeth line.

That’s following a decision to put the City of London’s crest on three of the Elizabeth line stations, to note that the City of London Corporation stumped up £200 million towards the cost of the Crossrail project.

The City of London’s motto, as it appears on their coat of arms is “Domine dirige nos”, which translates from Latin as “Lord direct (guide) us”.

The plaque designs, location and wording were approved at the City Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee yesterday.

They will be placed at the entrances to Farringdon East, Liverpool Street West (Moorgate) and Liverpool Street East (Broadgate) stations.

A City Corporation research briefing from 2015 found that by 2023 an expected 63,000 jobs in the City and the Isle of Dogs will be created as a result of the opening of the Elizabeth line.

Currently, over 450,000 people come to the City of London for work each day and the number is expect to reach 485,000 in 2023.


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  1. ASLEF shrugged says:

    As you descend the escalators to Dupont Circle station in Washington DC you can read Walt Whitman’s 1865 poem “The wound dresser” carved into the wall

    Thus in silence in dreams’ projections,
    Returning, resuming, I thread my way through the hospitals;
    The hurt and wounded I pacify with soothing hand,
    I sit by the restless all the dark night – some are so young;
    Some suffer so much – I recall the experience sweet and sad…

    Not sure what that says about travelling on the DC Metro……

  2. Richard says:

    ‘Domine’ is in the vocative case, so ‘O Lord guide us’ would be better

    • Harry says:

      Personally I think “Lord” without the “O” can still be regarded as in the vocative in English.

      I also think it high time we removed religion from the public square and the City should find a new motto.

    • The Legendary Zelda says:

      Second that

  3. Michael Bundy says:

    How about Dante : ” Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’e entrate ” ?
    Much more like it !

  4. Vincent de Guard says:

    In the midst of royalty, religion and “big money”, hopefully there will be time to remember the graft and toil put-in by many a worker that actually built this project. When all the fanfare and ribbon-cutting is done, it surely those people who put real blood, sweat and tears into CrossRail (yes that’s what “we” will call it) that ought to be praised.

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