“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.”
by Dinah Maria Craik: “A Life for a Life” (1859), chapter 16
Mrs. Craik’s words were adapted and published as a poem in Hazel Felleman, editor: “The Best Loved Poems of the American People” (1936), as follows.
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,
Keeping what is worth keeping,
And with a breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.
by Author Unknown: adaption of an excerpt from Dinah Maria Craik: “A Life for a Life” (1859) novel
Dinah Maria Craik was born as Dinah Maria Mulock on 20 April 1826 in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, England. She was married in 1865 to George Lillie Craik, a partner in the Macmillan Publishing House. She became a well-known and successful novelist, essayist, and poet. Her works include “The Ogilvies” (1849), “A Life for a Life” (1859), and “John Halifax, Gentleman” (1859). Dinah Maria Craik passed on at 61 years of age on 12 October 1887 in Shortlands, Bromley, Greater London, England.