This Too Shall Pass

Encouraging poems about life and how everything will pass. No matter what you are facing it will pass. We all face challenges and difficulties in life, but we all realize by experience that these problems never last forever. These poems were written in 1836 however they hold truths that apply today.

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This Too, Shall Pass Away
by Lanta Wilson Smith

When some sorrow, like a mighty river,
Flows through your life with peace-destroying power,
And dearest things are swept from sight forever,
Say to your heart each trying hour:
“This, too, shall pass away."

When ceaseless toil has hushed your song of gladness,
And you have grown almost too tired to pray.
Let this truth banish from your heart its sadness,
And ease the burdens of each trying day:
“This, too, shall pass away."

When fortune smiles and full of mirth and pleasure,
The days are flitting by without a care,
Lest you should rest with only earthly treasure,
Let these few words their fullest import bear:
“This, too, shall pass away."

When earnest labor brings you fame and glory,
And all earth’s noblest ones upon you smile,
Remember that life’s longest, grandest story
Fills but a moment in earth’s little while:
“This, too, shall pass away."

Scatter Sunshine
by Lanta Wilson Smith

In a world where sorrow ever will be known.
Where are found the needy, and the sad and lone;
How much joy and comfort we can all bestow
If we scatter sunshine everywhere we go.

Slightest actions often meet the sorest needs,
For the world wants daily little kindly deeds;
Oh, what care and sorrow we may help remove.
With our songs and courage, sympathy and love.

When the days are gloomy, sing some happy song.
Meet the world's repining with a courage strong;
Go, with faith undaunted, through the ills of life.
Scatter smiles and sunshine o'er its toil and strife.

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