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    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.