The Man at the Gate

HISTORIC NOTE

At every Legion Funeral and on Remembrance Days, the 1st two verses of this poem is recited.  But how many know its origin?

Minnie Louise Haskins was born on 12th May 1875 to Louisa and Joseph Haskins the eldest of four daughters. By 1880 the family moved to Warmley House Bristol , England. and Joseph by now owned the Warmley Tower Pottery Company. Minnie attended Warmley Congregational Chapel becoming a Sunday School Teacher and leader of the Woman's bible class and Founder of the Christian Endeavour Group.

This poem was written in 1908

King George VI. He included it in his famous Christmas message broadcast in 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War.

 


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."

 

 

 

  

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