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First Line: We shall do so much in years to come
Last Line: "what have we done today?"
Alternate Author Name(s): Martin, Peter
Variant Title(s): What Have We Done Today?

We shall do so much in years to come,
But what have we done today?
We shall give our gold in a princely sum,
But what did we give today?
We shall lift the heart and dry the tear;
We shall plant a hope in the place of fear;
We shall speak the words of love and cheer,
But what did we speak today?

We shall be so kind in the afterwhile,
But what have we been today?
We shall bring to each lonely life a smile,
But what have we brought today?
Add to steadfast faith a deeper worth;
We shall give to truth a grander birth;
We shall feed the hungering souls of earth,
But whom have we fed today?

We shall reap such joys in the by and by,
But what have we sown today?
We shall build us mansions in the sky,
But what have we built today?
'Tis sweet in idle dreams to bask;
But, here and now do we do our task?
Yes, this is the thing our souls must ask,
"What have we done today?"

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