I know that most of you will be too busy enjoying Christmas with friends and family to think about posting into regular memes. So I thought I would share this short piece, which I came across in a rare copy of an out of print book from 1962, written by Patience Strong and entitled ‘Crumbs Of Comfort’.
This is an exact copy of the way in which the piece appeared in the book.
“CRUMBS OF COMFORT“
Books are Windows of Enchantment – through them we can see – the moving spectacle of life: the farce, the tragedy. Every book a window that reveals the author’s mind. Books, books, books … Oh how we long to know what is behind – the covers of those volumes stacked in neat inviting rows. Comedy, philosophy, fact, fiction, verse and prose.
Magic windows, fling them open! Through them you will view – new horizons, other worlds all beckoning to you … There are treasures to be found for all who care to look. Comfort, wisdom, knowledge … in the pages of a book.
PATIENCE STRONG (1907 – 1990)
She started writing poetry at a very early age. In 1935, when she was in her mid-20s, she sent some of her verses to The Daily Mirror. The features editor asked her to return the following day with 18 new poems and to choose a pseudonym. She took the name Patience Strong from a book of the same name by Adeline T. Whitney.
Her poems were published in a daily column called The Quiet Corner and continued throughout World War II. In 1946, her column was transferred to the Sunday Pictorial, later renamed The Sunday Mirror, and continued for several decades. She also contributed poems to the popular weekly magazine Woman’s Own for 35 years and to the quarterly magazine This England. She published many collected volumes of her poetry, plus religious thought, song lyrics, and an autobiography, With a Poem in My Pocket (1981).
Winifred May married Frederick Arnold Williams, an architect in 1931. They enjoyed a happy childless marriage until he died in 1965. Two years later she married Guy Cushing, a retired buyer for a departmental store. He died in 1979. Winifred was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1970. She died at her home in Sedlescombe, Sussex.