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First Line: If you sit down at set of sun
Last Line: Then count that day as worse than lost.
Alternate Author Name(s): Eliot, George; Cross, Marian Lewes; Evans, Marian; Ann, Mary
Variant Title(s): At The Set Of Sun
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


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

But, if, through all the livelong day,
You've cheered no heart, by yea or nay --
If, through it all
You've nothing done that you can trace
That brought the sunshine to one face --
No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost --
Then count that day as worse than lost.




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