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The Time and the Deed
Jean Blewett


Art going to do a kindly deed?
'Tis never too soon to begin;
Make haste, make haste, for the moments speed,
The world, my dear one, has pressing need
Of your tender thought and kindly deed.
'Tis never too soon to begin.
But if the deed be a selfish one,
'Tis ever too soon to begin;
If some heart will be sorer when all is done,
Put it off! put it off from sun to sun,
Remembering always, my own dear one,
'Tis ever too soon to begin.

This poem is in the public domain.


Jean McKishnie Blewett (1862 – 1934) was a Canadian author, journalist, and poet. Born as Mary Jane McKinshie, and occasionally writing under the pseudonym of Katherine Kent, Jean came from a literary family; her brother, sister, and cousin were all writers. Jean wrote four novels, three collections of poetry, and was an editor for the Toronto Daily Globe for many years. The town of Blewett, Saskatchewan, is said to be named after her.


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Such sweet, kind and lovely thoughts. Oh, if all the world could only heed.
Posted 08/18/2018 10:28 AM
I love the use of "too soon" and "too late."
Posted 08/18/2018 10:05 AM
michael escoubas:
Wonderful post!! It's never too soon to grow wiser, which is what this poem achieves. Thank you.
Posted 08/18/2018 08:49 AM

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