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A Hidden Life and Other Poems   By: (1824-1905)

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In "A Hidden Life and Other Poems," George MacDonald effortlessly weaves together his profound thoughts and emotions through the power of words. This collection of poems is a testament to MacDonald's exceptional talent and his ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple yet evocative manner.

One of the standout features of this book is the author's profound understanding of human nature. MacDonald delves deep into the complexities of the human experience, exploring themes such as love, loss, faith, and the interconnectedness of all living beings. His words possess an authenticity that resonates with readers, touching their hearts and prompting introspection.

The poetry in this collection is both thought-provoking and meditative, encouraging readers to reflect on their own lives and their relationship with the world around them. MacDonald's ability to convey profound ideas through vivid imagery and striking metaphors is nothing short of admirable. Each poem feels like a quiet conversation with the soul, inviting readers to delve into the depths of their own emotions and beliefs.

Additionally, the rhythm and structure of MacDonald's poems create a melodic and enjoyable reading experience. The cadence of his words carries readers along, allowing them to immerse themselves in the captivating beauty of his verses. The rhymes and meters add a musicality to the poetry, further enhancing its impact and making it truly unforgettable.

While the majority of the poems in this collection are deeply introspective and contemplative, MacDonald also introduces moments of lightheartedness and humor. These lighter poems provide a welcomed contrast to the weightier subjects and demonstrate MacDonald's versatility as a poet.

Moreover, the timeless nature of the themes explored in "A Hidden Life and Other Poems" ensures that this collection remains relevant and resonant across different generations. The reflections on love, faith, and the mysteries of life are universal, making MacDonald's words just as pertinent today as they were when they were first published.

In conclusion, "A Hidden Life and Other Poems" is a remarkable collection that showcases George MacDonald's exceptional skill in illuminating the human experience through poetry. It is a journey that touches the deepest corners of the soul, reminding us of the beauty and complexity inherent in our existence. This book is a treasure for poetry enthusiasts, offering a blend of thought-provoking insights, melodic verses, and heartfelt emotions.

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And Other Poems


Author of

"Within and Without, a Dramatic Poem;" "David Elginbrod;" "Phantasies;" etc.

Ma poi ch' i' fui appiè d' un colle giunto, Là ove terminava quella valle, Che m' avea di paura il cuor compunto; Guarda' in alto, e vidi le sue spalle Vestite già de' raggi del pianeta, Che mena dritto altrui per ogni calle.



To My Father.


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 harvests rightful share, Whether with song that mounts the joyful air I praise my God; or, in yet deeper mood, Sit dumb because I know a speechless good, Needing no voice, but all the soul for prayer. Thou hast been faithful to my highest need; And I, thy debtor, ever, evermore, Shall never feel the grateful burden sore. Yet most I thank thee, not for any deed, But for the sense thy living self did breed That fatherhood is at the great world's core.


All childhood, reverence clothed thee, undefined, As for some being of another race; Ah! not with it departing grown apace As years have brought me manhood's loftier mind Able to see thy human life behind The same hid heart, the same revealing face My own dim contest settling into grace Of sorrow, strife, and victory combined... Continue reading book >>

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