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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Poem: ‘The Gate of the Year'

The poem by Minnie Haskins recited by George VI in his 1939 Christmas Message broadcast throughout Great Britain.


‘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.”
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.

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