John McCrae

(30 November 1872 – 28 January 1918 / Guelph, Ontario)

The Hope Of My Heart

Poem by John McCrae

"Delicta juventutis et ignorantius ejus, quoesumus ne memineris, Domine."



I left, to earth, a little maiden fair,
With locks of gold, and eyes that shamed the light;
I prayed that God might have her in His care
And sight.

Earth's love was false; her voice, a siren's song;
(Sweet mother-earth was but a lying name)
The path she showed was but the path of wrong
And shame.

"Cast her not out!" I cry. God's kind words come --
"Her future is with Me, as was her past;
It shall be My good will to bring her home
At last."


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  • Satish kumar.G (5/31/2020 12:22:00 AM)

    GOOD poem(Report)Reply

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  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (12/27/2019 12:36:00 AM)

    Very well expressed. Everything by God's will(Report)Reply

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  • Louemile Rosch MangulabnanLouemile Rosch Mangulabnan (5/7/2019 3:40:00 AM)

    " Delicta juventutis et ignorantius ejus, quoesumus ne memineris, Domine."(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/19/2019 6:44:00 PM)

    One of the greatest poem. We need to remember John McCrae.(Report)Reply

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  • Suresh padmanabhan (7/15/2018 10:14:00 AM)

    What a turn at the end(Report)Reply

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  • Joshua AdeyemiJoshua Adeyemi (3/10/2018 1:35:00 PM)

    So dear and lovely! ... Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Obigod Chidi CeceObigod Chidi Cece (6/7/2017 11:06:00 AM)

    With locks of gold and eyes that shame the light.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (2/14/2017 6:58:00 PM)

    Her future is with me...

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sylva(Report)Reply

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  • Ransome AdejugbeRansome Adejugbe (10/27/2015 2:55:00 PM)

    Great wonderful poem. Well penned.(Report)Reply

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  • Melissa PattyMelissa Patty (7/16/2015 11:49:00 AM)

    A very touching poem, I enjoyed reading it!(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/10/2015 6:56:00 AM)

    Great thoughts about life and the destiny. likes.(Report)Reply

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (8/30/2014 5:44:00 AM)

    Profound and so touching.....being a doctor he had served humanity and as a poet he shows his insight for the
    suffering lot and mankind as a whole by composing many a poem like this......kudos my dear(Report)Reply

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  • Sally Plumb Plumb (8/30/2013 5:27:00 AM)

    Fabulous.(Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (8/30/2013 2:32:00 AM)

    A lovely amazing poem wonderful ..(Report)Reply

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  • Angelina SabiaAngelina Sabia (5/14/2012 6:40:00 PM)

    This poem is amazing! I love how the words flow. Check out my peom The Bully I think you might like it.(Report)Reply

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  • Terence George Craddock (5/15/2010 1:29:00 AM)

    The Hope Of My Heart by John McCrae is a poem which reflects social reality and I believe McCraes’s heartfelt hope, that children who suffer an unfortunate life on this earth, will attain a promised heavenly hope. McCrae realizes that despite the best efforts and goodwill of dedicated individuals, the lives of many children will never be happy or prosperous. The poem is a metaphor about life and the fate of many destitute unfortunate and ill children.
    McCrae never married, but worked as a physician in many hospitals and in private practice. This poem incorporates the fate of many children into the image of one beautiful ‘little maiden fair, /With locks of gold, and eyes that shamed the light; ’ who has been ‘left, to earth, ’ orphaned abandoned ill or in inappropriate guardianship. McCrae completed his medical residency at a children's convalescent home and later worked as a pathologist in a Foundling and Baby Hospital, before studying Infectious Diseases.
    In stanza one, McCrae prays to God to keep ‘her in His care /And sight.’ This is a prayer for all the suffering children McCrae works with and cares so much for. Stanza two is accurate social reality, ‘(Sweet mother-earth was but a lying name) ’. This personification of earth is false, mother-nature is cruel, ‘her voice, (is) a siren's song; ’ calling many ill children McCrae has as patients to their death. ‘The path she (mother-earth) showed was but the path of wrong /And shame’, is a comment about social injustice, cruelty, exploitation and irresponsibility.
    In stanza three McCrae cries to God 'Cast her not out! ' and God kindly answers his prayers telling him, that her future past and eternity is with him. McCrae ends his poem with this absolutely beautiful affirmation of faith
    'Her future is with Me, as was her past;
    It shall be My good will to bring her home
    At last.'(Report)Reply

    Gangadharan Nair Pulingat(3/10/2015 6:58:00 AM)

    Helped so much in understanding the poem. Thank you.

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  • Jo Bobenhouse Smith (5/14/2010 4:36:00 PM)

    sadly, i can only guess at the first line.

    This poem gains strength with each successive reading. If it was in a book my fingers would probably soothe it.(Report)Reply

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  • Emma AdamyanEmma Adamyan (5/14/2010 1:33:00 PM)

    I liked it all, from the tittle to the point. Got it`s class(Report)Reply

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  • Valerian Lemos (5/14/2010 12:51:00 PM)

    One can imagine the intense grief felt by the poet who has to leave his beloved daughter in the 'care' of his worldly 'caretakers' who sometimes turn out to be extortionists, rapists, dowry-demanders, and what not. Let us hope that the love of his heart blossoms like a lotus amidst the serene waters of an isolated, shallow pond, away from the prying eyes of all.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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