“God Knows”

Anonymous commented back of the 7 April,

Who wrote this verse: I said to the man at the gate of the year, “Give me a light that I may go forth into the unknown.”
And the man replied,” Put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light, safer than a known way.”

english public footpathThat would be Minnie Louise Haskins, and she wrote the poem in 1907.  It was published as part of her ‘The Desert’ collection in 1908.

My first blog post started with a quote from this poem, and here it is in full:

God Knows

And 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.”

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Standing at the gate

gate of the year 2010I said to the man at the gate of the year, “Give me a light that I may go forth into the unknown.”
And the man replied, “Put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light, safer than a known way.”

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