Sunday, January 24, 2010

This Hour


Inscription for the Sun-Dial at Wells College

FOR THE CLASS OF 1904

THE shadow by my finger cast
Divides the future from the past:
Before it, sleeps the unborn hour,
In darkness, and beyond thy power:
Behind its unreturning line,
The vanished hour, no longer thine:
One hour alone is in thy hands,--
The NOW on which the shadow stands.
March, 1904.

Henry Van Dyke

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