Into Heart and Brain

Dost thou mean sometimes that we should forget thee,

Dropping the veil of things ‘twixt thee and us?—

Ah, not that we should lose thee and regret thee!

But that, we turning from our windows thus,

The frost-fixed God should vanish from the pane,

Sun-melted, and a moment, Father, let thee

Look like thyself straight into heart and brain. 

– George MacDonald

When all the World is Young, Lad

    When all the world is young, lad,     

    And all the trees are green ; 

    And every goose a swan, lad, 

        And every lass a queen ; 

    Then hey for boot and horse, lad, 

        And round the world away ; 

    Young blood must have its course, lad, 

        And every dog his day.
    When all the world is old, lad, 

        And all the trees are brown ; 

    And all the sport is stale, lad, 

        And all the wheels run down ; 

    Creep home, and take your place there, 

        The spent and maimed among : 

    God grant you find one face there, 

        You loved when all was young
         – Charles Kingsley 

““Some of the songs in this and other of his works are very real songs: notably, “When all the World is Young, Lad,” which comes very near to being the only true defence of marriage in the controversies of the nineteenth century.”

Excerpt From: Gilbert Keith Chesterton. “The Victorian Age in Literature.” 

My Eternity

O Father, thou art my eternity.
Not on the clasp of consciousness—on thee

My life depends; and I can well afford

All to forget, so thou remember, Lord.

In thee I rest; in sleep thou dost me fold;

In thee I labour; still in thee, grow old;

And dying, shall I not in thee, my Life, be bold? 

– George MacDonald

The Graciousness of God

“Love one another” He taught us – “if you love me, love one another”. Jesus left us love for his legacy. He cared that the hearts he was loving should grow in personal affection for each other – genuine love, mother love, son love, husband love, wife love. And there is the graciousness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Well, friends are we growing in that? Do you ever put away troubled look off your face because you know it will give trouble to your family? Do you scowl at home, or is your entrance to your own people a new breaking light of dawn to their day. Oh to be gentle, congenial, strong and happy – oh to be gracious! Are you courteous to those that come nearest to you – are you brother loving, wife loving, husband loving, cheerful? If people would love each other yet better, they would be courteous. There is a strong geniality in the grace of Christ – the graciousness of God that must be cultivated between the nearest friends, and most of all between husband and wife.”
– George MacDonald (Sermon, “Growth in the Grace and Knowledge”)

The Differing Mark

Keep me, Lord, with thee. I call from out the dark—Hear in thy light, of which I am a spark.

I know not what is mine and what is thine—

Of branch and stem I miss the differing mark—

But if a mere hair’s-breadth me separateth,

That hair’s-breadth is eternal, infinite death.

For sap thy dead branch calls, O living vine! 

– George MacDonald