This is very much inspired by Isabella’s very neat poetry anthology, so thank you Isabella! The following is a poem by Minnie Louise Harkins. It was essentially made famous by Queen Elizabeth and became widely recognized in the early days of the second world war. It may be one of my favorite poems to date (and possible my favorite piece that Glee Club performed).
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.”
I find such power in the line “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” In part this poem highlights the soul’s desire for hope, for answers, for light. The arrangement the Glee Club sang can be found through the link below. Does the melody detract the strength of the poem or empower it?