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Summary of the Book 'A Hidden Life And Other Poems':
George MacDonald (10 December 1824 ? 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author poet and Christian minister. Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels George MacDonald inspired many authors such as W. H. Auden J. R. R. Tolkien C. S. Lewis E. Nesbit and Madeleine LEngle. It was C.S. Lewis who wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his master: Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall I began to read. A few hours later said Lewis I knew that I had crossed a great frontier. G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had made a difference to my whole existence. Elizabeth Yates wrote of Sir Gibbie It moved me the way books did when as a child the great gates of literature began to open and first encounters with noble thoughts and utterances were unspeakably thrilling. Even Mark Twain who initially disliked MacDonald became friends with him and there is some evidence that Twain was influenced by MacDonald.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Hidden Life And Other Poems':
... LOVE'S ORDEAL A PRAYER FOR THE PAST FAR AND NEAR MY ROOM SYMPATHY LITTLE ELFIE THE THANK OFFERING THE BURNT OFFERING FOUR SONS SON EIGHTEEN SONS DEATH ... ... Descended to the world, and worthy cares. And on the Sunday, father, daughter, son Walked to the country church across the fields. It was a little ... ... the waste, of primrose-buds and flowers. Then again to his father he would come Seeking for comfort, as a troubled child, And with the same child's ... ... he makes all loving true and deep And I live on him, in him, he in me.. The weary days and nights had taught him much Had sent him, as a sick ... ... his fetters in bootless ire, And called on the Prophet, and named his sire. But the lady of Saad heard the clang, And she knew the far sabres his ... ... below it That the bright things only seem. One moment of sad commotion, And one of doubt's withering rule- And the great wave-pulsing ocean Is only ... ... go by. Instead of mother's love-lit eyes, The church's storied pane, All blank beneath cold starry skies, Or sounding in the rain. The great world, ... ... heard thy voice, and humbly loved it more, Walking the word-sea to this ear of mine, Than any voice of power I heard before. Yet as the harp may, tremulous, ... ... Rising at midnight again to pray, Wearily, wearily And if through the dark those eyes looked in, Sending them far as a thought of sin. And then, ... ... rest, Lies the great heaven, the expression of deep space, Foreshortened to a vaulted dome of blue The Infinite, crowded in a single glance, Where ... ... tale of light. As once of old, Bearing all heaven in words of promising, The Angel of the Annunciation came, It carried all the spring into that house ... ... wave, Saving it from a still monotony, Whose only utterance was a dreary song Of stifled wailing on the shrinking shore. Such frenzy slow invaded ... ... edge, With great big Juno eyes. And so the sun went on and on, And horse and cow and horns were gone, And still no help came near Till at the last ... ... ORDEAL. A recollection and attempted completion of a prose fragment read in childhood. Know'st thou that sound upon the window ... ... wilt turn to good Things already understood. Why I let such useless lumber Useful bookshelves so encumber. I will tell thee for thy question Of ... ... form by wondrous union bound Where one may see the first step of the stair, And not the next, for brooding vapours there. And God is well content ... ... Therefore thus I close my eyes, Thus I die unto the world Thus to me the same world dies, Laid aside, a map upfurled. Keep me, God, from poor disdain: ... ... again. There were fears of evil whose stony eyes Froze joy in its gushing melodies. Some floated afar on thy tranquil wave, And the heart looked ... ... is dumb with light. He brings no news he has forgot Or saw with vision weak: Thou seest all our unseen lot, And yet thou dost not speak. It may ... ... of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate ...