Friday, December 31, 2010

The Prude Shares a Poem

The Prude is no poet, but she likes this poem that someone shared with her. She can't remember who.
She knows it wasn't King George.
Now she shares it with you. She doesn't mind if you don't remember that she was the one.

May 2011 bring you peace beyond measure, blessings in abundance and may you continually be surprised by joy.

The Gate of the Year

There is a poem made famous by its inclusion in the Christmas broadcast of King George VI in 1939.  It was, of course, the first Christmas of World War II.  The poem was written by Minnie Louise Harkins (1875-1957).

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’

And he replied,
‘Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!’

So I went forth and finding the Hand of God
Trod gladly into the night
He led me towards the hills
And the breaking of day in the lone east.

So heart be still!
What need our human life to know
If God hath comprehension?

In all the dizzy strife of things
Both high and low,
God hideth his intention."


Emily said...

I love this!!!! LOVE THIS!!!!! I am printing it out!!! I will probably turn it into a picture to frame or a painting to hang in my apt. This definitely has wall decor value.

The Prude said...

Emily- the poem? Or the photo?

Emily said...

The poem...I will figure out how to turn plain old letters that form beautiful words into hangable art. It's a first for me, but's the new year!

The Prude said...

Once you figure it out (and I know you will) will you take a picture and post it?

Emily said...

Even if it's scrawled on a piece of notebook paper? Sometimes that's what my "art" looks like. :) But yes, I will definitely post a picture of whatever the end result turns out to be. Thanks for sharing the poem. I will remember it was from you!

stephseef said...

this is gasp-worthy, Anita. Thanks for posting it. Had a super hard day yesterday, and am reading this before my quiet time this morning - a perfect perspective shifter. Thank you.