‘Happy The Man’ by John Dryden

‘Happy The Man’

by John Dryden2015-03-18 13.27.09

“Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair or foul or rain or shine
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.”

John Dryden was born on this day in 1631, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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