YOU AND TO-DAY

WITH every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.

The past has shrived and buried deep
All yesterdays--there let them sleep.

Nor seek to summon back one ghost
Of that innumerable host.

Concern yourself with but to-day.
Woo it and teach it to obey

Your wish and will. Since time began
To-day has been the friend of man.

But in his blindness and his sorrow
He looks to yesterday and to-morrow.

You and to-day! a soul sublime
And the great pregnant hour of time.

With God between to bind the train--
Go forth I say--attain--attain.                    ELLA WHEELER WILCOX

The Evening Bulletin [Philadelphia] 14 Dec. 1901: 7.

Courtesy of John M. Freiermuth.


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