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 today;
Woo it and teach it to obey
Your will and wish. Since time began
Today has been the friend of man.
But in his blindness and his sorrow,
He looks to yesterday and tomorrow.
You and today, a soul sublime,
And the great pregnant hour of time,
With Truth to ever bind the twain.
Go forth, I say; attain, attain!
—Selected from the poem "You And Today"
More Articles by This Author Ella Wheeler Wilcox
- Author and poet
- Born November 5th, 1850 in Johnstown, Wisconsin and died October 30th, 1919
- Famous line in poetry: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone."