by: George Mac Donald (1824-1905)
- HEN thou
turnst away from ill,
- Christ is this side of thy hill.
- When thou turnest toward good,
- Christ is walking in thy wood.
- When thy heart says, Father, pardon!
- Then the Lord is in thy garden.
- When stern Duty wakes to watch,
- Then His hand is on the latch.
- But when Hope thy song doth rouse,
- Then the Lord is in the house.
- When to love is all thy wit,
- Christ doth at thy table sit.
- When Gods will is thy hearts pole,
- Then is Christ thy very soul.
POEMS BY GEORGE MACDONALD
"Approaches" is reprinted
from The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. Ed. Nicholson
& Lee. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1917.