The Gate of the Year (Poem)

The Gate of the Year

by Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957)

Quoted by King George VI in his 1939 war time Christmas broadcast to the British Empire, the “Gate of the Year” poem by Minnie Louise Haskins speaks to readers in all of life’s difficult and dangerous situations:

And 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 out 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. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.