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Where can you find a copy of the quotation made famous by King George VI during World War 2 that commences 'I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year'?

Answer

Wiki User
12/07/2010

The quotation was from a poem by Minnie Louise Haskins titled 'God Knows'. The portion quoted by the King is as follows (the full text of both the poem and the speech can be found at the Related Links below):

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.