Gate of the Year

LIGHT UNTO MY PATH

Minnie Louise Haskins was a professor at the London School of Economics. She taught there from the end of World War I to the near-end of World War II.

Interestingly, Haskins is best known not for her scholarship – as distinguished as it may have been – but for dabbling in poetry. Her most noteworthy work, particularly fitting for the start of the New Year, is one of the most quoted poems of the past century:                              

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 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.”

God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision,
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him,
All time hath full provision.

Then rest: until
God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes,
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail,
Fair beyond all surmise
God’s thought around His creatures
Our mind shall fill.

 

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