Monday, September 10, 2012

Give me speech

If thou wouldst have me speak, Lord, give me speech.

So many cries are uttered now-a-days,
That scarce a song, however clear and true,
Will thread the jostling tumult safe, and reach
The ears of men buz-filled with poor denays:
Barb thou my words with light, make my song new,
And men will hear, or when I sing or preach.

George MacDonald, in The Diary of an Old Soul, Sept 10th.  

'denays' - denials, refusals. 

The first 'or' in the last line probably means 'either'
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