The House of Blessing
By Patience Strong
Out of Egypt God His people brought.
From Judahís branch came Davidís royal race,
But Israel another Canaan sought
And found in Britain her appointed place.
Later, as Godís wondrous plan unrolled
Came Joseph, drawing saints from far and near
With the greatest story ever told.
Christendom was surely cradled here.
Glastonbury! Tor and Chalice Well,
Thorn of Spring that flowers on Christmas Day.
Charm with the enchantment of a spell
That stirs the hearts of all who pass this way.
Here is the Divinely given ground,
The ground, they say, our Saviour walked upon.
Was it His abode that Joseph found
On the lovely Isle of Avalon?
We of British blood and Christian creed
Who claim descent from Abrahamic seed
Come, like Joseph, to this holy place
To build a house of blessing and of grace
Patience Strong (1907-1990) (born Winifred Emma May) was one of Britainís most famous poets of the 20th century. She was also well known for her Christian-Israel faith. From 1935-1946 Strong had a poem a day in The Quiet Corner in The Daily Mirror, the British tabloid which is supported by the Labour Party. From 1946 her column was transferred to the Daily Pictorial (later The Sunday Mirror). Strong also wrote poems to the weekly magazine Womanís Own and to This England. Her lovely and inspiring poems have additionally been printed in books, magazines, wall calendars, greeting cards, place mats, and porcelain ornaments. Patience Strongís poem Jealousy was recorded by a number of artists, including Hutch, Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn, Richard Tauber, and Billy Fury.
The House of Blessing is a dedicatory poem which was written for the opening of Mount Avalon at Glastonbury.