Works of Fancy and Imagination, Vol. Iby George MacDonald
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George MacDonald (1824–1905) was a famous Scottish author, poet, lecturer, and minister. He was a major inspiration to many other famous authors, including C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and G. K. Chesterton amongst others. C. S. Lewis had this to say of MacDonald: “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.”
This is Volume 1 of a 10 volume set of collected works of George MacDonald that was originally published in 1871. There are slight differences in some of the works from publications prior to 1871 and from versions that may be found on various websites. This Snazz eBooks™ edition is a faithful rendition of the 1871 collected edition.
This volume contains the following works:
“Within and Without” is a book length dramatic poem that was MacDonald’s first published book in 1855. It is a romantic drama of parted lovers whose story is an allegorical quest for God.
An excerpt from Part IV’s introductory poem:
And should the twilight darken into night,
And sorrow grow to anguish, be thou strong;
Thou art in God, and nothing can go wrong
Which a fresh life-pulse cannot set aright.
That thou dost know the darkness, proves the light.
Weep if thou wilt, but weep not all too long;
Or weep and work, for work will lead to song.
“A Hidden Life” is another dramatic poem that tells of a farmer’s son who, after helping a young lady with her horse, discovers the world in a fresh new light. He does not follow the lady, instead choosing a different path in life, but always remembers her as an ideal. It was dedicated to his father and was originally published in 1864. Some excerpts:
After first meeting the lady:
… He had not known
How beautiful the sunlight was, not even
Upon the windy fields of morning grass,
Nor on the river, nor the ripening corn.
And a few years later during a serious illness when he thinks death is near, he writes to her:
I have a prayer to make thee—hear the dead.
Lady, for God’s sake be as beautiful
As that white form that dwelleth in my heart;
Yea, better still, as that ideal Pure
That waketh in thee, when thou prayest God,
Thee, living lady—justify my faith
In womanhood’s white-handed nobleness,
And thee, its revelation unto me.
The cover portrait is of George MacDonald as a young man.
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