To-morrow We May Be Placed

A poem to inspire you to live today. Life is short and none of us knows what will happen tomorrow. We should live each day doing our best and being an example to the people around us. J. J. Thorne drives the point home that to-morrow who knows if we will have it!

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To-morrow We May Be Placed
Poet: J.J. Thorne


Life decays, as a shadow fades,
And death we must obey;
To-morrow we may be
Placed in clay.

Life is precious, love is sweet;
But these pleasures must decay.
To-morrow we may be
Placed in clay.

Let our footprints prove our honor
From pious steps day by day,
To-morrow we may be
Placed in clay.

We should to our duty haste
And our moments not delay
To-morrow we may be
Placed in clay.

Let our deeds compound alone a love
To anoint our heads when old and gray,
To-morrow we may be
Placed in clay.

We should seek good examples
To our children lay.
To-morrow we may be
Placed in clay.

An honest and upright spirit
Avoids sorrow and dismay,
To-morrow we may be
Placed in clay.

If our conscience be our guide,
Truth and honesty we may say,
To-morrow we may be
Placed in clay.

Let not lies and malice
An evil heart betray,
To-morrow we may be
Placed in clay.

The sting of death ends our lives,
A debt we all must pay.
To-morrow we may be
Placed in clay.

Jesus bore our pain and burden,
Repentance if he pay,
To-morrow we may be
Placed in clay.

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Another poem by J. J. Thorne that may give you thoughts to think about:

The Folly Of Man

Poet: J.J. Thorne


Man knows God has all power
To obey he says that he ought.
But folly often wins his heart,
For every man has a fault.

Some curse, abuse and slander.
And tell a wilful lie.
With a plenty in his store
And drive the needy by.

Some envy and begrudge
What his neighbor has in store.
Turn his lock, go in and steal
The plans they had set before.

Some are full of self esteem.
Some are proud, haughty and vain,
Some would shed angelic blood
If the world they could gain.

Some will cheat and swindle,
Some rob, murder and kill,
Some with money oppress thousands
Their roguish hearts and pockets to fill.

Some will take a solemn oath
To make the public believe
Every bit an arrant lie.
He only tries to deceive.

Some disdain God's creation,
Owing to color and race,
Poor sinner, is your eye so strong
As to see God evil in the human face?

Some are weak and intemperate
Their craving is never filled,
Some gamble rather than labor
Their treasure to build.

Some will scorn laboring people,
Especially those that till the sod,
Scripture proves labor the only living
That is justified by God.

Some buy their neighbor's goods,
They never get their pay.
Some put their labor on their backs,
And starve the future day.

Some ignore deeds of charity
Some don't care how others live.
Some don't want to be forgiven
Neither do they want to forgive.

Any measure to wrong a person
Is the devil and his sway.
Every time we deal wrong
We throw God's word away.

Man marches on in Nature's darkness
In his bosom temptations throng.
With all light of nature in his breast
Teaching that all evil is wrong.

The tongue of every creature living
Cannot God's power reveal,
'Tis God that opens the natural eye
And makes the heart to feel.



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