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Dinah Maria Mulock Craik


1826–87: English author, Craik is best known for the moralistic novel John Halifax, Gentleman (1856) and for the children's classics The Adventures of a Brownie (1872) and The Little Lame Prince (1875).

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik: Friendship


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.

Written circa 1866 by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

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.