Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VI. Fancy: Sentiment
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
Poems of Sentiment: VI. Labor and Rest
Henry van Dyke (1852–1933)
LET me but do my work from day to day,
  In field or forest, at the desk or loom,
  In roaring market-place, or tranquil room;
Let me but find it in my heart to say,
When vagrant wishes beckon me astray—        5
  “This is my work; my blessing, not my doom;
  Of all who live, I am the one by whom
This work can best be done, in the right way.”
Then shall I see it not too great, nor small,
  To suit my spirit and to prove my powers;        10
  Then shall I cheerful greet the laboring hours,
And cheerful turn, when the long shadows fall
At eventide, to play and love and rest,
Because I know for me my work is best.

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