- File Size: 1194 KB
- Print Length: 204 pages
- Publisher: The Englewood Review of Books (December 3, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 3, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H5XTG82
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
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My Little King: George Macdonald's Christmas Stories and Songs Kindle Edition
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C. Christopher Smith has done us a great service in finding one which nearly was.
Smith’s love of antiquarian books and historic writings has preserved and restored fabulous stories, essays, and poems for a new generation in "My Little King: George Macdonald’s Christmas Stories and Songs." Preservation processes do not update but rather re-date by how we celebrate. We feel the breathe of the baby on our neck, we hear the addled barnyard choir, we see the Mary’s joy in Macdonald’s poetry and story. Chris, like George, revels in the Incarnation.
Now we are the incarnation of His (2 Co 3:2). So we wince at the story that we might be “the operative to the stunting of another soul” (Gifts). But could we gain from what we have lost? And we wonder if we are open to The Shadows having our hearts melt with the embrace of a child. These and other ponderings move us as we consider Macdonald’s prose.
Poetry, such as Christmas (1862), connects us to what we may have lost; to know that we all suffer loss because “we are but men and women Lord.” The “grand and tender story” brightens our countenance as we ponder another Christmas (1873) if for no other reason than “Jesus it is enough for me, that thou art come” (1884). He is “earth’s foster-baby”—Macdonald’s twist on An Old Story.
Another bend in A Song for Christmas: the Incarnation will bring the Resurrection. Macdonald calls on the organ to “kill The Dark”! Why?! We are “the waiting dead” pondering not a winter night but summer light at Christmas (Aging Friends). Why?! We anticipate “The Child of all Eternity” (Old Children). Why?! Because “He made the wandering world His home” (Meditation). And we cry “How long, O Lord, how long til it be done?” (1878) Why?! Because we are anxious for our “harvest-home” (New Year).
Macdonald’s essay on Browning’s “Christmas Eve” recaptured here, provides fitting punctuation for our appreciation for the salvation of these nearly-lost works:
"One of the most wonderful things in the poem is, . . . the verse is full of life and vigour, flagging never. . . . The argumentative power is indeed wonderful; the arguments themselves powerful in their simplicity, and embodied in words of admirable force. The poem is full of pathos and humour; full of beauty and grandeur, earnestness and truth."
MacDonald's fascination with shadows plays through his works. Shadows are fairy-like things in his mind, capricious, playful, but also potentially very dangerous. If this book leads readers to MacDonald's better known works that is probably the best that can be hoped for it. The unedited archaic language in this and several of the other MacDonald books offered on Amazon free or at a low price (MacDonald lived and wrote in the late 19th century) may present a barrier to some readers. His better known works are available in edited (modernized) versions for those who are interested in them.