14 Sunshine Poems

Inspiring sunshine poems to brighten your day. You will find poems about the sun, about living a life full of sunshine, and about those who bring sunshine into our lives.


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  1. A Day Of Sunshine
    Poet: Henry W. Longfellow


    O gift of God! O perfect day:
    Whereon shall no man work, but play;
    Whereon it is enough for me,
    Not to be doing, but to be!

    Through every fibre of my brain,
    Through every nerve, through every vein,
    I feel the electric thrill, the touch
    Of life, that seems almost too much.

    I hear the wind among the trees
    Playing celestial symphonies;
    I see the branches downward bent,
    Like keys of some great instrument.

    And over me unrolls on high
    The splendid scenery of the sky,
    Where through a sapphire sea the sun
    Sails like a golden galleon.

    Blow, winds! and waft through all the rooms
    The snow-flakes of the cherry-blooms!
    Blow, winds! and bend within my reach
    The fiery blossoms of the peach!

    O Life and Love! O happy throng
    Of thoughts, whose only speech is song!
    O heart of man! canst thou not be
    Blithe as the air is, and as free?



  2. The Sun-beam
    Poet: Lucy Larcom


    If I were a sunbeam,
    I know what I'd do;
    I would seek white lilies
    Rainy woodlands through.
    I would steal among them,
    Softest light I'd shed,
    Until every lily
    Raised its drooping head.

    If I were a sunbeam,
    I know where I'd go;
    Into lowliest hovels,
    Dark with want and woe;
    Till sad hearts looked upward,
    I would shine and shine;
    Then they'd think of Heaven,
    Their sweet home, and mine.

    Art thou not a sunbeam,
    Child, whose life is glad
    With an inner radiance
    Sunshine never had?
    O, as God has blessed thee,
    Scatter rays divine!
    For there is no sunbeam
    But must die or shine.



  3. The Sleepless Sun
    Poet: Robert Louis Stevenson


    The sun is not a-bed, when I
    At night upon my pillow lie;
    Still round the earth his way he takes,
    And morning after morning makes.

    While here, at home, in shining day,
    We round the sunny garden play,
    Each little Indian sleepy-head
    Is being kissed and put to bed.

    And when at eve I rise from tea,
    Day dawns beyond the Atlantic sea;
    And all the children in the west
    Are getting up and being dressed.



  4. Open The Door
    Poet: Unknown


    Open the door, let in the air;
    The winds are sweet and the flowers are fair.
    Joy is abroad in the world to-day:
    If our door is wide it may come this way
    Open the door!

    Open the door, let in the sun;
    He hath a smile for every one;
    He hath made of the raindrops gold and gems,
    He may change our tears to diadems
    Open the door!



  5. In The Sunshine
    by Louisa M. Alcott


    Far away there in the sunshine are
    My highest aspirations.
    I cannot reach them,
    But I can look up
    And see their beauty,
    Believe in them, and
    Try to follow where they lead.



  6. You Are My Sunshine
    Poet: Paul Rice


    You are my sunshine
    My only sunshine.
    You make me happy
    When skies are grey.
    You'll never know, dear,
    How much I love you.
    Please don't take my sunshine away.

    The other night, dear,
    As I lay sleeping
    I dreamed I held you in my arms.
    When I awoke, dear,
    I was mistaken
    And I hung my head and cried.

    You are my sunshine,
    My only sunshine.
    You make me happy
    When skies are grey.
    You'll never know, dear,
    How much I love you.
    Please don't take my sunshine away.

    I'll always love you
    And make you happy
    If you will only say the same
    But if you leave me
    To love another
    You'll regret it all some day;
    .
    You are my sunshine,
    My only sunshine.
    You make me happy
    When skies are grey.
    You'll never know, dear,
    How much I love you.
    Please don't take my sunshine away.

    You told me once, dear
    You really loved me
    And no one else could come between
    But now you've left me
    And love another
    You have shattered all my dreams;

    You are my sunshine,
    My only sunshine.
    You make me happy
    When skies are grey.
    You'll never know, dear,
    How much I love you.
    Please don't take my sunshine away.

    In all my dreams, dear,
    you seem to leave me
    When I awake my poor heart pains.
    So when you come back
    And make me happy
    I'll forgive you dear,
    I'll take all the blame.

    You are my sunshine,
    My only sunshine.
    You make me happy
    When skies are grey.
    You'll never know, dear,
    How much I love you.
    Please don't take my sunshine away.



  7. Serve God In The Sunshine
    by Frederick William Faber


    Let us serve God in the sunshine,
    While He makes the sun shine.
    We shall then serve Him all the better
    In the dark when He sends the darkness.
    The darkness is sure to come.
    Only let our light be God's light,
    And our darkness God's darkness,
    And we shall be safe at home
    When the great nightfall comes.



  8. Behold The Sun
    by Dr. Mark Hopkins


    It is a pleasant thing to behold the sun:
    very glorious is he as he cometh out of his chamber,
    and bathes earth and Heaven in his light;
    but upon the soul that knows God and rests in Him,
    there shines a beauty that is above the brightness of the sun.



  9. The Sunny Side
    Poet: Julia Harris May


    If you've sowed a pansy seed
    That sprang up a thorn,
    And that made your finger bleed
    Where the flesh was torn,
    Drop no tears nor wailing sound,
    Bind a bandage round the wound.

    If you've said a kindly word,
    Or one meant for such,
    That when twisted seemed absurd,
    Foolish overmuch,
    Do not worry, make a rhyme,
    Or keep silent, for a time.

    If you've sung a little song
    That you thought was sweet,
    But have found that it was wrong,
    Or in sense or feet,
    Do not weep at what you've done,
    Smile and sing a better one.

    If you've had a happy thought,
    Beautiful and good,
    That, exprest, was good for naught,
    Or misunderstood,
    Do not fret yourself in vain,
    Think your happy thought again.

    Look upon the sunny side
    Of each word and thought,
    And you shall be satisfied,
    You shall lack for naught.
    Try to pick till life is done



  10. Our Daily Reckoning
    Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox


    If we sit down at set of sun,
    And count the things that we have done
    And counting, find
    One self-denying act, one word
    That eased the heart of him who heard;
    One glance most kind.
    That felt like sunshine where it went,
    Then we may count the day well spent.

    But if through all the livelong day,
    We've passed no heart by yea or nay;
    If through it all
    We've nothing done that we can trace,
    That brought the sunshine to a face;
    No act, most small.
    That helped some soul, and nothing cost,
    Then count the day as worse than lost.



  11. Broad-Faced Sun
    Poet: William Cullen Bryant


    There's a dance of leaves in that aspen bovver,
    There's a titter of winds in that beechen tree,

    There's a smile on the fruit, and a smile on the flower,
    And a laugh from the brook that runs to the sea.

    And look at the broad-faced sun, how he smiles
    On the dewy earth that smiles in his ray.

    On the leaping waters and gay young isles;
    Ay, look, and he'll smile thy gloom away.



  12. Sunshine
    Poet: M. Gertrude Robinson


    Why not cast a gleam of sunshine over Life's rough road to-day?
    Why not brighten up the shady spots we find along the way?
    Just a little smile will do it; or a kindly word to show
    We appreciate the efforts of our fellow-beings so
    That we wish to let them know it by a friendly glance or nod
    Which shall surely help them upward on their pilgrimage to God.

    Just a willing hand to strengthen and a pleasant smile to cheer,
    Just a loving word of comfort to the heart o'ercome with fear.
    Just a little thoughtful kindness shown to each one we may meet,
    Sends the sunshine o'er life's rugged road and rests the weary feet,
    And they're each so easily given that it seems a shame to miss
    Such a splendid opportunity to " help along " as this.



  13. Sunshine Beyond
    Poet: Martha Shepard Lippincott


    Though clouds of sorrow often fall
    Within this world of ours,
    There still is sunshine for us all,
    With passing- of life's showers.

    The flower, beaten by life's storms,
    Will often raise its head,
    And bloom again in loveliness,
    When new sunshine is shed.

    Though storms may oft oppress the soul,
    And fill it with despair,
    Do not despond and cease to hope,
    For life will grow more fair.



  14. Darkest Night
    Poet: Luella Clark


    The day may be long, but the morning
    Will rise on the darkest night;
    The pilgrimage painful, but Beulah
    Waits with its fields of light.

    And he who sits in the shadow
    Shall surely the sunshine see;
    And to all who in patience suffer.
    Sweet, sweet will the recompense be.


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