Happy The Man Poem by John Dryden

Happy The Man

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Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair or foul or rain or shine
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.

Happy The Man
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Marko Duvnjak 21 January 2015

Brilliant

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Tobias Carolus 06 March 2010

Is this written by John Dryden or is this translated by John Dryden from Horace's original latin text?

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Marko Duvnjak 21 January 2015

Do you think it would rhyme perfectly if it was translated from Latin? I think not.

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Robert Doolittle 18 January 2018

The author of the previous reply knows nothing about poetry in translation - it's not normally word-for-word transliteration. The answer is no, however - Dryden wrote this in imitation of Horace, not a translation. You might say he was inspired by Horace's ode.

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Rajesh Thankappan 25 November 2015

The present is the present that time gifts us,

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Ruta Mohapatra 22 April 2018

' He who can call today his own'.........a memorable line! A memorable poem!

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Jimmy 2 26 March 2018

I Love PEACHES more then turtles and potatos

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jimmy 06 March 2018

i like turtles and peaches and stuff.

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Tapan M. Saren 21 April 2017

Wow! Just wow! What a lovely poem! Actually the poet here advises a man how to live in present.

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Norman Kelly 11 September 2016

This poem was used in the film Tom Jones (1963) - a brilliant adaptation of the novel by Henry Fielding

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