At Day's End

I must work the works of   
him that sent me, while it is
day: the night cometh, when
no man can work. (John 9:4)

Is anybody happier,
Because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember
That you spoke to him today?

The day is almost over,
Now the 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 a man whose hopes were fading
Now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day, or use 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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