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

  • (11/26/2018 9:05:00 AM)

    my name is jeff gdrbkuhgqge5ijevqiebdvijbtazianbtdilaev (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (2/28/2018 11:07:00 AM)

    wus gud boi and the child (Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • (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

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

    It. Is. A. Computer.

    6 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • (12/4/2017 1:26:00 AM)

    Fuck yeah (Report)Reply

    4 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • (11/10/2017 4:18:00 AM)

    km, .pokl, m opk oi[ oikm m jin iokmhv yuhb uyfu (Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • (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?


    45 person liked.
    15 person did not like.
Read all 7 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: sunshine, lost, sun, heart

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]