Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826-1887)|
from A Life for a Life
Oh, the comfort
the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but pouring them all right out,
just as they are,
chaff and grain together;
certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
The above lines occur about a third of the way through Chapter XVI of the Craik's 1859
novel A Life for a Life.
Craik, Dinah Maria Mulock. A Life for a Life. London: Collins' Clear Type Press, 1900.
It is included under the title Friendship in
Felleman, Hazel, ed. The Best Loved Poems of the American People. Garden City, NY: Garden City Books, 1936.