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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.


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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)

Image Of Author Patience StrongPatience Strong was the pen name of Winifred Emma Cushing, born in London, England.

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.

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I canโ€™t remember a time, even as a child, when I havenโ€™t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Mary,

      I totally agree with both yourself and Patience, about the value and magical qualities of the written word, no matter what your own particular preference of genre and writing style.

      All books have something unique and individual to offer the reader and can challenge the powers of knowledge, or offer a window onto the world of dreams and magic!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope that you are enjoying your Christmas Holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Kelly,

      Unfortunately the very ‘tatty’ nature of the copy of this book we received as part of a donation to the charity shop, means that we won’t be able to sell it.

      A couple of us were browsing through some of the lovely verses though and I happened to spot this one about books, so you can imagine the comments I received from my not so bookish colleagues, who know what I am like for spotting potential snippets for blog material!

      Actually, most of the quotes and poetry collections I have come across by this author, have been more motivational, inspiring and offering words of comfort. So I think that my bookish find was made even more special.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by on Christmas Day and I hope that you are enjoying the holiday ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I hope you had a happy Christmas, and that you have a wonderful new year.

    I like the excerpt you posted on books being windows of enchantment – so true. And such a beautiful part of life ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Hila,

      For a very occasional poetry reader and by no means any kind of expert, the fact that this verse wasn’t written in traditional poetry stanza and format, had me scratching my head until I managed to work out the rhythym of the words.

      The more times I read the lines, the more profound the words became, especially – ‘the moving spectacle of life’ and ‘every book a window that reveals the authorโ€™s mind’

      Christmas was good, although very hectic with lots of travelling, thanks for asking, although it was quite good to get back to normal today. I hope that your own Christmas was also a good one.

      New Year isn’t really a big deal for the two of us, what about yourself, will you be out celebrating?

      Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Nikki,

      When you have spent your entire Christmas driving from place to place, even though you had a lovely time with family you enjoy spending time with, you do appreciate the comforts of your own home and I am looking forward to a quiet New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope that your Christmas was a good one and that 2018 will be kind to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hope you had a Merry Christmas Yvonne ๐Ÿ™‚ I hadn’t heard of this writer before but I like that “Books are Windows of Enchantment “. Happy 2018!

    • Patience Strong books are widely available here in the UK, generally in outlets which specialise in gift ideas, as well as book shops of course.

      These small books usually offer short poems and words of wisdom and comfort for a wide variety of occasions and events, with many of the poems also being used in greetings cards.

      This is the first time I have ever come across one of her poems which includes a bookish theme, although this book is one of her very early offerings and has been out of print for some time now.

      A good Christmas and New Year was had by all on this side of the pond, thanks. It will be good to get back to normal now though ๐Ÿ™‚

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