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At Day's End

" Is anybody happier because you passed his
way?


Does anyone remember that you spoke to him
today?


The day is almost over, and its toiling time
is through;


Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word
of you?


Can you say tonight, in parting with the day
that's slipping fast,


That you helped a single brother of the many
that you passed?


Is a single heart rejoicing over what you
did or said;


Does the man whose hopes were fading,

Now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day, or lose it? Was it
well or sorely spent?


Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar
of discontent?


As you close your eyes in slumber, do you
think that God will say,


You have earned one more tomorrow by the work
you did today?"


--- John Hall



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