Count That Day Lost

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.

                                                                                                                          - George Eliot

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