Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE WORD, by JOHN KENDRICK BANGS

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THE WORD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Today, whatever may annoy
Last Line: Twill be today and joy again!
Alternate Author Name(s): Hotair, Dopeton
Variant Title(s): Today
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight

Today, whatever may annoy,
The word for me is Joy, just simple joy:
The joy of life;
The joy of children and of wife;
The joy of bright, blue skies;
The joy of rain; the glad surprise
Of twinkling stars that shine at night;
The joy of winged things upon their flight;
The joy of noonday, and the tried
True joyousness of eventide;
The joy of labor, and of mirth;
The joy of air, and sea, and earth --
The countless joys that ever flow from Him
Whose vast beneficence doth dim
The lustrous light of day,
And lavish gifts divine upon our way.
Whate'er there be of Sorrow
I'll put off till Tomorrow,
And when Tomorrow comes, why then
'Twill be Today and Joy again!

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