Sep 202009
 

I said, “Let me walk in the fields;”
He said, “Nay, walk in the town;”
I said, “There are no flowers there;
He said, “No flowers, but a crown.”
I said, “But the sky is black,
There is nothing but noise and din;”
But He wept as He sent me back-
“There is more,” He said, “there is sin.”

I said, “But the air is thick
And fogs are veiling the sun;”
He answered, “Yet souls are sick,
And souls in the dark undone.”

I said, “I shall miss the light,
And friends will miss me, they say;”
He answered me, “Choose to-night
if I am to miss you, or they.”

I pleaded for time to be given;
He said, “Is it hard to decide?
It will not seem hard in heaven
To have followed the steps of your Guide.”

I cast one look at the fields,
Then set my face to the town;
He said:  “My child, do you yield?
Will you leave the flowers for the crown?”

Then into His hand went mine,
And into my heart came He,
And I walk in a light divine
The path I had feared to see.

George MacDonald

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