"You may say that I am a dreamer/But I am not the only one" John Lennon: "Imagine"

"So come brothers and sisters/For the struggle carries on" Billy Bragg: "The Internationale"

Elizannie has a reading room at 'Clarice's Book Page' http://www.villiersroad.blogspot.com/

Friday, 31 December 2010

Thoughts on the New Year

Some years ago I came across this poem and sent it out with my New Year wishes and several people liked it and asked me to repeat it.

I realise that some may find it too religious/spiritual but if so just in your mind change the word 'God' for, say, 'Fate' and take the good wishes that go with it!

It was included in King George V1's Christmas broadcast 1939 but I don't hold the royal connection against the poem!

Oh and the picture - it is the wonderful 'Light of the World' by Holman Hunt. Christina Rossetti modelled for the face of Christ - just had to drop that piece of knowledge in [I cannot bear people who show off their knowledge...]

Have a peaceful and serene 2011 everyone.

At the Gate of the Year
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.

by Minnie Louise Harkins 1875-1957


  1. Happy New Year to you and your family, Elizannie.

    All the best,

  2. Thank you Tony and wishing you and yours the same! Inspired by your great Jane Austen writings one of my New year Intentions [don't do resolutions, they are too easy to break!] is to start a Literary Blog. So far I have fallen at the first post - someone already has my proposed title!