Please excuse the well-known quotation, but I have found it worthy of repeated introspection.
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 out 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.
And he led me towards the hills
and the breaking of day in the lone East.
Minnie Louise Haskins 1875-1957
The poem was written in Bristol in 1908 by Minnie Louise Haskins, a retired lecturer at the London School of Economics as the introduction to a poem called The Desert. The poem was famously broadcast by King George VI in 1939.
Posted by nathan at December 31, 2004 11:59 PM
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