Poem by Nixon Waterman

We shall do so much in the years to come, but what have we done today? We shall give out gold in pricey sum, but what did we give today?

We shall lift the heart and dry the tear,
We shall plant a hope in the place of fear,
We shall speak with words of love and cheer,
But what have we done today?

We shall be so kind in the after while,
But what have we been today?

We shall bring to each lonely life a smile,
But what have we brought today?

We shall give to truth a grander birth,
And to steadfast faith a deeper worth,
We shall feed the hungering souls of earth,
But whom have we fed today?

We shall reap such joys in the by and by,
But what have we sown today?

We shall build us mansions in the sky,
But what have we built today?

‘Tis sweet in idle dreams to bask,

But here and now, do we do our tasks?
Yes, this is the thing our souls must ask,
“What have we done today?”