George Eliot

(22 November 1819 - 22 December 1880 / Warwickshire, England)

Count That Day Lost

Poem by George Eliot

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.


Comments about Count That Day Lost by George Eliot

  • Tanmay (2/27/2020 8:07:00 AM)

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/13/2019 1:53:00 AM)

    You've nothing done that you can trace
    That brought the sunshine to one face-

    such a beautiful poem; rated 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Patrick (1/23/2018 12:31:00 PM)

    Your reader sounds like a computer. Get a human or one more like. I may be a poet but don't yet know it.(Report)Reply

    estiallina(5/28/2018 7:22:00 AM)

    It. Is. A. Computer.

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  • Gilad Cohen (9/30/2012 5:44:00 AM)

    Hi ive got a question:
    When is a day well spent according to the poet?

    And what makes a day ? worse than lost ? according to the poet?

    Thanks.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004