Helen Hunt Jackson

(18 October 1830 – 12 August 1885 / Amherst, Massachusetts)

Chance - Poem by Helen Hunt Jackson

These things wondering I saw beneath the sun:
That never yet the race was to the swift,
The fight unto the mightiest to lift,
Nor favors unto men whose skill had done
Great works, nor riches ever unto one
Wise man of understanding. All is drift
Of time and chance, and none may stay or sift
Or know the end of that which is begun.
Who waits until the wind shall silent keep,
Will never find the ready hour to sow.
Who watcheth clouds will have no time to reap.
At daydawn plant thy seed, and be not slow
At night. God doth not slumber take nor sleep:
Which seed shall prosper thou shalt never know.


Comments about Chance by Helen Hunt Jackson

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (3/25/2016 10:08:00 PM)

    She has a soft, haunting way with her words and her words are not idle, but wise like women are wise- - - - - -]
    All is drift
    Of time and chance, and none may stay or sift
    Or know the end of that which is begun. (Report) Reply

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  • Kim Barney (3/25/2016 9:06:00 AM)

    Moira said it best. This is indeed a beautiful sonnet, and the message is right on. (Report) Reply

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa Akachukwu Lekwauwa (3/25/2016 4:25:00 AM)

    chance happens to all. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (3/25/2016 4:16:00 AM)

    Beneath the sun! ! ! With the muse of life. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Ojogba Daniel Joseph Ojogba Daniel (3/25/2016 3:31:00 AM)

    Beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron Moira Cameron (3/25/2016 12:56:00 AM)

    Beautiful sonnet! And a wise message as well. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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