There is a destiny… Continued

I already blogged with the text of the poem used heavily in early days of the show and revived for the “Hands” opening for the 70th anniversary. You can read that post here:

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/08/02/there-is-a-destiny

Apparently some fans didn’t like this “hands” opening, but while I wish they used different images, I loved the poem and even memorized it. However, they referenced over and over again that it was something that Rev. Ruthledge would say, so I assumed Irna Phillips wrote it and absolutely nothing I saw that entire year on the show or in the fan mags or online that suggested anything else.

However, I just watched and favorited on Youtube the 1992 primetime anniversary special for Guiding Light. (Yes, we used to rate that kind of support from CBS. ) In it, some of the older people also quoted the poem, but they gave a different citation. I looked it up in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations Requested from the Congressional Research Service, edited by Suzy Platt (1989) and they were exactly right. It was actually written by a poet named Edwin Markham and now I think I’ll have to try to get a collection of his stuff. By the way, from what I could see in the references online, it looks like it used to be famous enough, back when Irna Phillips used it, that she could safely assume everyone listening would get the reference. I don’t know if Rev. Rutledge ever cited his source on the show or not. So here it is again, with the full and correct citation, courtesy of Respectfully Quoted. I’m sure it also appeared in other collections of his work, but this is the full citation I have (meaning he didn’t first publish it in 1950).

“There is a destiny that makes us brothers;

None goes his way alone;

All that we send into the lives of others

Comes back into our own.”

Edwin Markham, “A Creed,” stanza 1, Poems of Edwin Markham, p. 18 (1950).

UPDATED April 9 2016: I added my signature block.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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2 Responses to “There is a destiny… Continued”

  1. Guiding Light 76th Anniversary « Glmanny's Blog Says:

    […] https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/there-is-a-destiny-continued (Part 2) […]

  2. glmanny Says:

    Reblogged this on Glmanny's Blog and commented:

    I love this poem.

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