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A Hidden Life and Other Poems

George MacDonald

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. . .And he thought, with a pang that he could not bar,
  The lady it might be.

He turned and looked into the room;
  And lo! it was cheerless and bare;
Empty and drear as a hopeless tomb,—
  And the lady was not there;
Yet the fire and the lamp drove out the gloom,
  As he had driven the fair.

And up in the manhood of his breast,
  Sprang a storm of passion and shame;
It tore the pride of his fancied best
  In a thousand shreds of blame;
It threw to the ground his ancient crest,
  And puffed at his ancient name.

He had turned a lady, and lightly clad,
  Out in the stormy cold.
Was she a ghost?—Divinely sad
  Are the guests of Hades old.
A wandering ghost? Oh! terror bad,
  That refused an earthly fold!

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Community Reviews

This is a collection of Victorian-era Christian inspirational poetry So if you like that sort of thing, you should like this; if not, don't bother reading.

The only work by George Macdonald I had read before this was Phantastes,one of the books said to inspire C.S. Lewis. I wasn't too inspired by that work, but in a bulk of the poems in this collection, capturing the magic in love, nature, and faith itself, I can see whatever I missed in his fiction wo

Profound. Joyful.

Today's poetry is often without rhymes. Thanks to Macdonald's joy in God, the singsong rhyming in these poems fits well. These poems are for those with hearts full of devotion.

I've discovered that some of the real George MacDonald treasure is in his poetry.