POEMS ON KINDNESS: “At set of sun” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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AT SET OF SUN

 

If we sit down at set of sun,
And count the things that we have done,
And counting, find
One self-denying act, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance, most kind,
That fell like sunshine where it went—
Then we may count that day well spent.

Or, on the other hand, if we,
In looking through the day, can see
A place or spot
Where we an unkind act put down,
Or where we smiled when wont to frown,
Or crushed some thought
That cumbered the heart—ground where it stood—
Then we may count that day as good.

But if, through all the life-long day,
We’ve eased no heart by yea or nay;
If through it all
We’ve done no thing that we can trace,
That brought the sunshine to a face—
No act most small
That helped some soul, and nothing cost—
Then count that day as worse than lost.

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

1869

Shells by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Milwaukee: Hauser & Storey, 1873.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Brilliant words so well composed by Ella. After the sunsets we need to reflect on our day and let our night pass smoothly and safe to wake up to a fresh day.

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    1. Thank you dear Kamal! Yes, i think that sounds like a very good practice to follow each day, to review our day, to be grateful for each blessing and reflect on the lessons we learned… A fresh start in the morning! Have a beautiful day dear friend!!! 🙂

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      1. Yes a fresh start in the morning with gratefulness and a happier day to follow. Welcome dear Amira❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  2. LindaP says:

    Such a true poem! Gorgeous picture!! Love and hugs,Linda.

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    1. Thank you so much Linda! Did you get a chance to see the moon these last days? It’s so beautiful!!! ❤ Much love back and warm hugs 🙂 ❤

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  3. Thanks for sharing, dear Amria 🙂
    I enjoy Ella very much, her words are coming from deep understanding and experiences.
    In Oneness
    Didi

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    1. Hi dear Didi, thank you so much! Yes, I feel like you and also like this poet very much, she is another one of my favorites as many of her poems are very profound. Much love always, from hear to heart, Amira ❤

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      1. Indeed, inside she is rich, dear Amira 🙂
        In Oneness
        Didi

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