John Dryden

(1631 - 1700 / England)

Happy The Man - Poem by John Dryden

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.


Comments about Happy The Man by John Dryden

  • Ruta Mohapatra (4/22/2018 12:40:00 PM)


    ' He who can call today his own'.........a memorable line! A memorable poem! (Report) Reply

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  • (3/26/2018 11:20:00 AM)


    I Love PEACHES more then turtles and potatos (Report) Reply

  • (3/6/2018 1:48:00 PM)


    i like turtles and peaches and stuff. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/21/2017 8:13:00 AM)


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

  • (9/11/2016 11:04:00 AM)


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

  • Mizzy ........ (9/3/2016 3:36:00 AM)


    Great advice written brilliantly. (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (11/25/2015 10:35:00 AM)


    The present is the present that time gifts us, (Report) Reply

  • (1/21/2015 3:13:00 AM)


    Brilliant (Report) Reply

  • (3/6/2010 1:02:00 PM)


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

    (1/18/2018 9:25:00 AM)

    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.

    (1/21/2015 3:12:00 AM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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