The Brighter Side

          by Edgar Guest

Though life has its trouble and life has its care
and often its dark days of sorrow,
there is always the hope that the sky will be fair
and the heart will be happy tomorrow.

There is always the light of a goal just ahead,
a glimpse of the dream we’re pursuing;
in spite of the difficult pathway we tread
there is much it is good to be doing.

Time empties the purse of the pennies of youth,
the heart of its innocent laughter,
but gives in return just a few grains of truth
and the promise of more to come after.

There’s never a new day lived out to the end,
however life’s tempests may pitch us,
but what with a triumph, a joy, or a friend
the swift, fleeting hours may enrich us.

There’s so much to do and there’s so much to see
in spite of the troubles that fret us;
so much to wait for and so much to be
if only the future will let us–

that life with its burdens and life with its tear
and its heart-burning touches of sadness
still lures us all on to the end of our years
with its friendships, its loves and its gladness.

From Collected Verse of Edgar A. Guest
Copyright 1934 by Contemporary Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL, USA

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