George MacDonald
Within And Without: Part Iv: A Dramatic Poem by George MacDonald

Within And Without: Part Iv: A Dramatic Poem by George MacDonald

And should the twilight darken into night, And sorrow grow to anguish, be thou strong; Thou art in God, and nothing can go wrong Which a fresh life-pulse cannot set aright. ...

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Within And Without: Part Iii: A Dramatic Poem by George MacDonald

Within And Without: Part Iii: A Dramatic Poem by George MacDonald

And weep not, though the Beautiful decay Within thy heart, as daily in thine eyes; Thy heart must have its autumn, its pale skies, Leading, mayhap, to winter's dim dismay. Yet ...

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Within And Without: Part Ii: A Dramatic Poem by George MacDonald

Within And Without: Part Ii: A Dramatic Poem by George MacDonald

Hark, hark, a voice amid the quiet intense! It is thy Duty waiting thee without. Rise from thy knees in hope, the half of doubt; A hand doth pull thee-it is Providence; Open ...

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The Woman Who Came Behind Him In The Crowd by George MacDonald

The Woman Who Came Behind Him In The Crowd by George MacDonald

Near him she stole, rank after rank; She feared approach too loud; She touched his garment's hem, and shrank Back in the sheltering crowd. A shame-faced gladness thrills her ...

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A Hidden Life by George MacDonald

A Hidden Life by George MacDonald

To My Father I. Take of the first fruits, father, of thy care, Wrapped in the fresh leaves of my gratitude, Late waked for early gifts ill understood; Claiming in all my ...

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A Hidden Life by George MacDonald

A Hidden Life by George MacDonald

To My Father I. Take of the first fruits, father, of thy care, Wrapped in the fresh leaves of my gratitude, Late waked for early gifts ill understood; Claiming in all my ...

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Father by George MacDonald

Father by George MacDonald

Father, I cry to thee for breadWith hungred longing, eager prayer;Thou hear'st, and givest me insteadMore hunger and a half-despair.0 Lord, how long? My days decline,My youth is ...

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A Cry by George MacDonald

A Cry by George MacDonald

Lord, hear my discontent: all blank I stand,A mirror polished by thy hand;Thy sun's beams flash and flame from me-I cannot help it: here I stand, there he!To one of them I cannot ...

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A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diary Of An Old Soul – April by George MacDonald

A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diary Of An Old Soul – April by George MacDonald

1.LORD, I do choose the higher than my will.I would be handled by thy nursing armsAfter thy will, not my infant alarms.Hurt me thou wilt-but then more loving still,If more can be ...

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A Better Thing by George MacDonald

A Better Thing by George MacDonald

I took it for a bird of prey that soaredHigh over ocean, battled mount, and plain;'Twas but a bird-moth, which with limp horns goredThe invisibly obstructing window-pane!Better ...

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A Christmas Carol by George MacDonald

A Christmas Carol by George MacDonald

Babe Jesus lay in Mary's lap,The sun shone in his hair;And this was how she saw, mayhap,The crown already there.For she sang: 'Sleep on, my little king;Bad Herod dares not ...

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A Memorial Of Africa by George MacDonald

A Memorial Of Africa by George MacDonald

I.Upon a rock I sat-a mountain-side,Far, far forsaken of the old sea's lip;A rock where ancient waters' rise and dip,Recoil and plunge, eddy, and oscillant tide,Had worn and worn, ...

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A Dream Song by George MacDonald

A Dream Song by George MacDonald

I dreamed of a song-I heard it sung;In the ear of my soul its strange notes rung.What were its words I could not tell,Only the voice I heard right well,For its tones unearthly my ...

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Love Is Strength by George MacDonald

Love Is Strength by George MacDonald

Love alone is great in might,Makes the heavy burden light,Smooths rough ways to weary feet,Makes the bitter morsel sweet:Love alone is strength!Might that is not born of LoveIs ...

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For Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also by George MacDonald

For Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also by George MacDonald

The miser lay on his lonely bed;Life's candle was burning dim.His heart in an iron chest was hidUnder heaps of gold and an iron lid;And whether it were alive or deadIt never ...

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A Broken Prayer by George MacDonald

A Broken Prayer by George MacDonald

O Lord, my God, how longShall my poor heart pant for a boundless joy?How long, O mighty Spirit, shall I hearThe murmur of Truth's crystal waters slideFrom the deep caverns of ...

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Baby by George MacDonald

Baby by George MacDonald

Where did you come from, baby dear?Out of the everywhere into here.Where did you get those eyes so blue?Out of the sky as I came through.What makes the light in them sparkle and ...

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A Dream Of Waking by George MacDonald

A Dream Of Waking by George MacDonald

A child was born in sin and shame,Wronged by his very birth,Without a home, without a name,One over in the earth.No wifely triumph he inspired,Allayed no husband's fear;Intruder ...

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Evening Hymn by George MacDonald

Evening Hymn by George MacDonald

O God, whose daylight leadeth downInto the sunless way,Who with restoring sleep dost crownThe labour of the day!What I have done, Lord, make it cleanWith thy forgiveness dear;That ...

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Obedience by George MacDonald

Obedience by George MacDonald

Trust him in the common light;Trust him in the awesome night;Trust him when the earth doth quake:Trust him when thy heart doth ache;Trust him when thy brain doth reelAnd thy ...

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Faith by George MacDonald

Faith by George MacDonald

'Earth, if aught should check thy race,Rushing through unfended space,Headlong, stayless, thou wilt fallInto yonder glowing ball!''Beggar of the universe,Faithless as an empty ...

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False Prophets by George MacDonald

False Prophets by George MacDonald

Would-be prophets tell usWe shall not re-knowThem that walked our fellowsIn the ways below!Smoking, smouldering TophetsSteaming hopeless plaints!Dreary, mole-eyed prophets!Mean, ...

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Contrition by George MacDonald

Contrition by George MacDonald

Out of the gulf into the glory,Father, my soul cries out to be lifted.Dark is the woof of my dismal story,Thorough thy sun-warp stormily drifted!-Out of the gulf into the ...

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Zacchaeus by George MacDonald

Zacchaeus by George MacDonald

To whom the heavy burden clings,It yet may serve him like a staff;One day the cross will break in wings,The sinner laugh a holy laugh.The dwarfed Zacchaeus climbed a tree,His ...

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December 27, 1879 by George MacDonald

December 27, 1879 by George MacDonald

Every time would have its songIf the heart were right,Seeing Love all tender-strongFills the day and night.Weary drop the hands of PrayerCalling out for peace;Love always and ...

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A Dead House by George MacDonald

A Dead House by George MacDonald

When the clock hath ceased to tickSoul-like in the gloomy hall;When the latch no more doth clickTongue-like in the red peach-wall;When no more come sounds of play,Mice nor ...

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Dejection by George MacDonald

Dejection by George MacDonald

O Father, I am in the dark,My soul is heavy-bowed:I send my prayer up like a lark,Up through my vapoury shroud,To find thee,And remind theeI am thy child, and thou my ...

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Eine Kleine Predigt by George MacDonald

Eine Kleine Predigt by George MacDonald

Graut Euch nicht, Ihr lieben Leute,Vor dem ungeheuren Morgen;Wenn es kommt, es ist das Heute,Und der liebe Gott zu sorgen.

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Little Boy Blue by George MacDonald

Little Boy Blue by George MacDonald

Little Boy Blue lost his way in a wood-Sing apples and cherries, roses and honey:He said, 'I would not go back if I could,It's all so jolly and funny!'He sang, 'This wood is all ...

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Christmas Song Of The Old Children by George MacDonald

Christmas Song Of The Old Children by George MacDonald

Well for youth to seek the strong,Beautiful, and brave!We, the old, who walk alongGently to the grave,Only pay our court to thee,Child of all Eternity!We are old who once were ...

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A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diary Of An Old Soul – March by George MacDonald

A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diary Of An Old Soul – March by George MacDonald

1.THE song birds that come to me night and morn,Fly oft away and vanish if I sleep,Nor to my fowling-net will one return:Is the thing ever ours we cannot keep?-But their souls go ...

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A Manchester Poem by George MacDonald

A Manchester Poem by George MacDonald

'Tis a poor drizzly morning, dark and sad.The cloud has fallen, and filled with fold on foldThe chimneyed city; and the smoke is caught,And spreads diluted in the cloud, and ...

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A Christmas Carol For 1862 by George MacDonald

A Christmas Carol For 1862 by George MacDonald

The Year Of The Trouble In LancashireThe skies are pale, the trees are stiff,The earth is dull and old;The frost is glittering as ifThe very sun were cold.And hunger fell is ...

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Bedtime by George MacDonald

Bedtime by George MacDonald

'Come, children, put away your toys;Roll up that kite's long line;The day is done for girls and boys-Look, it is almost nine!Come, weary foot, and sleepy head,Get up, and come ...

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Dorcas by George MacDonald

Dorcas by George MacDonald

If I might guess, then guess I wouldThat, mid the gathered folk,This gentle Dorcas one day stood,And heard when Jesus spoke.She saw the woven seamless coat-Half envious, for his ...

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A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diary Of An Old Soul – May by George MacDonald

A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diary Of An Old Soul – May by George MacDonald

1.WHAT though my words glance sideways from the thingWhich I would utter in thine ear, my sire!Truth in the inward parts thou dost desire-Wise hunger, not a fitness fine of ...

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Blessed Are The Meek, For They Shall Inherit The Earth by George MacDonald

Blessed Are The Meek, For They Shall Inherit The Earth by George MacDonald

A quiet heart, submissive, meek,Father, do thou bestow,Which more than granted, will not seekTo have, or give, or know.Each little hill then holds its giftForth to my joying ...

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Angels by George MacDonald

Angels by George MacDonald

Came of old to houses lonelyMen with wings, but did not show them:Angels come to our house, only,For their wings, they do not know them!

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Autumn’s Gold by George MacDonald

Autumn’s Gold by George MacDonald

Along the tops of all the yellow trees,The golden-yellow trees, the sunshine lies;And where the leaves are gone, long rays surpriseLone depths of thicket with their ...

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A Book Of Dreams: Part I by George MacDonald

A Book Of Dreams: Part I by George MacDonald

1.I lay and dreamed. The master cameIn his old woven dress;I stood in joy, and yet in shame,Oppressed with earthliness.He stretched his arms, and gently soughtTo clasp me to his ...

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A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diary Of An Old Soul – December by George MacDonald

A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diary Of An Old Soul – December by George MacDonald

1.I AM a little weary of my life-Not thy life, blessed Father! Or the bloodToo slowly laves the coral shores of thought,Or I am weary of weariness and strife.Open my soul-gates to ...

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A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diary Of An Old Soul – February by George MacDonald

A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diary Of An Old Soul – February by George MacDonald

1.I TO myself have neither power nor worth,Patience nor love, nor anything right good;My soul is a poor land, plenteous in dearth-Here blades of grass, there a small herb for ...

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Come To Me by George MacDonald

Come To Me by George MacDonald

Come to me, come to me, O my God;Come to me everywhere!Let the trees mean thee, and the grassy sod,And the water and the air!For thou art so far that I often doubt,As on every ...

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Room To Roam by George MacDonald

Room To Roam by George MacDonald

Strait is the path? He means we must not roam?Yes; but the strait path leads into a boundless home.

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Death And Birth by George MacDonald

Death And Birth by George MacDonald

'Tis the midnight hour; I heardThe Abbey-bell give out the word.Seldom is the lamp-ray shedOn some dwarfed foot-farer's headIn the deep and narrow streetLying ditch-like at my ...

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Far And Near by George MacDonald

Far And Near by George MacDonald

The fact which suggested this poem is related by Clarke in his Travels.I.Blue sky above, blue sea below,Far off, the old Nile's mouth,'Twas a blue world, wherein did blowA soft ...

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First Sight Of The Sea by George MacDonald

First Sight Of The Sea by George MacDonald

I do remember how, when very young,I saw the great sea first, and heard its swellAs I drew nearer, caught within the spellOf its vast size and its mysterious tongue.How the floor ...

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Life Or Death? by George MacDonald

Life Or Death? by George MacDonald

Is there a secret Joy, that may not weep,For every flower that ends its little span,For every child that groweth up to man,For every captive bird a cage doth keep,For every aching ...

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Bird-Songs by George MacDonald

Bird-Songs by George MacDonald

I will sing a song,Said the owl.You sing a song, sing-songUgly fowl!What will you sing about,Night in and day out?All about the night,When the grayWith her cloak smothers ...

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Awake! by George MacDonald

Awake! by George MacDonald

The stars are all watching;God's angel is catchingAt thy skirts in the darkness deep!Gold hinges grating,The mighty dead waiting,Why dost thou sleep?Years without number,Ages of ...

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