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I shall not pass this way again

I expect to pass through this world but once;

any good thing therefore that I can do, or any

kindness that I can show to any fellow-creature,

let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it,

for I shall not pass this way again.

by Grellet

Joe | Monday, April 7th, 2008 | Filed under Poetry

44 Responses to “I shall not pass this way again”

  1. vaishali says:

    it’s a beautiful poem and truly talks about kindness. I will surely share this message with everyone. Thanks!

  2. hanane says:

    honestly i do not find the words to tell how nice to be kind to others,and they as well reward you with the same kindness.that is the best way “to pass throug this world.”

  3. knette says:

    is this opportunity? =)

  4. alaaayman says:

    Great!
    alaaayman

  5. lynn says:

    I love reading it repeatedly. It’s really a very beautiful poem. Simple but complete.
    Thanks.

  6. metee says:

    I like to read poem but I can’t find the real meaning in this poem

  7. Avel says:

    I think we should give credit to the original author of this… It came from Phillips Brooks… Thank you..

  8. Joe says:

    Avel: this has been attributed to Grellet since at least 1893, though it is true that it does not appear in his published works, so there is some doubt.

    About Grellet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Grellet
    About Brooks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillips_Brooks

  9. hassan says:

    hi i love reading
    when i read this i shulled not pass this way agin
    its was realy good and i learn new vocabllarey
    i like to make new frind
    afghan-blud@hotmail.co.uk

  10. Arejdal says:

    Hello everybody,
    I find this poem as a life guide. Punctuality in work and kindness in human behavior are the success story of every happy man/woman in this world.
    Thanks!!

  11. Hida says:

    Yeah that’s right! we should be kind enough with one another, as who knows if he would meet his peers again or not??!!

  12. Kanga says:

    This was on a card that my Father sent to his wife.

    Since being a little girl I have always had it in my head.

    Basically it means that you have one life. You choose what to do with it. But in doing so, you must always remember that you share this life with many. Family, friends, neighbours - be them next door, next street, next hamlet, next village, next town,next county, next country.

    So by doing a good deed, on the journey through life or many good deeds, you are sharing and helping.

    REMEMBER, that one smile you give to someone today, tomorrow, the next day, may be the ONLY smile that person gets. TREASURE IT, for they SURELY WILL.

  13. Issy says:

    This makes think…what will be people say about us when we’ve gone? Would it be how well we enjoyed ourselves on earth or how many lives we touched and given reason(s) to live their lives and left happy?

  14. Katty says:

    This poetry is very short, but it actually express something impressive. Without special or beautiful phrasing, it still shows, I think, what a person that was about to leave the world think.

  15. Duy Nguyen says:

    it’s very simple poem, but has a lot of emotion. it expresses author’s desire in exploring the world.

  16. Katherine says:

    Dear Friends,

    This is a very beautiful poem, it is altruistic and kind. But it seems to me that the lyrical I - the speaker - is a kind of dependent on the others’ opinion and attitude: as we read, “let me do it now”, and “let me not neglect it”. This “LET me” imperative creates the atmosphere of subordination, and it reminds me of Hamlet’s ‘to be-or-not to be’ meditation…

    For example, Emily Dickinson expressed the same altruistic idea of serving others in a very dynamic way: “If I can stop one Heart from Breaking, / I shall not live in Vain”…

  17. ayyoob says:

    what a nice poem
    Till this time I did’t read just like this meaningfull poem
    I am keenly intereted in poems it will give us a deferent enjoyment
    I think that poets are blessed from almighty god because they are playing with the language simply it is a good skill

  18. Linda k hollywood says:

    Hello everyone
    I don’t know how to write poem or poetry.
    I was wondering today to read the poem.
    Don’t be afraid to write from a different point of view.Write a poem that says exactly the opposite
    of what you believe,and do it with out irony.
    If everyone don’t know poem. I would like to advise you this web site www.Poewar.com is very
    interesting and grateful make me know about
    poem and Poetry writing Tip and guidelines for
    writing poem.
    Good luck
    Linda Kosolsak( USA)

  19. Linda k hollywood says:

    Hello everyone
    Today is a wonderful.After I read poem and
    poetry I had emotion to try write poem today.
    First time in love.I don’t know where to start.
    My heart believed in you. My heart is peaceful.
    I need Sympathy. I’ve been waiting so long.
    It is wonderful in the past of my life.
    “Now” My heart and love is so “Empty” and
    “Evaporate”.
    One’s innermost filling”

    Have a nice day
    Linda kosolsak (hollywood)

  20. AL SHAMALAT MOHAMMAD says:

    BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL AS WELL

    AL- SHAMALAT MOHAMMAD SULAIMAN

  21. AL SHAMALAT MOHAMMAD says:

    MY HOT REGARD TO EVERY ONE

    ACTUALLY I DONT LOOK AFTER THAT WHAT WORDS IS THE AUTHEOR USING BUT I USED TO LOOK TO APPRECIATE THE ATMOSPHER AUTHORS CIRCUMOSTACES IF THAT..SO HE WAS BEING IN BAD CIRCUMSTANCES JUST FOR WHILE WHICH FORCED HIM TO COME UP BY MYSTRIES ATMOSPHER SO ALL ABOVE ACCORDING TO ME……….AL-SHAMALAT MOHAMMAD SULAIMAN…THANK YOU…..?

  22. Craig Kitching says:

    If one soul is saved for eternity with God through your sharing of the good news you will have accomplished the greatest human kindness possible.

  23. Linda k hollywood says:

    Through this toilsome world alas
    Once and only once I pass
    If a kindness I may slow
    If I good deed i may do
    For a suffering fellow man,
    Let me do it while I can
    No delay, for it is plain
    I shall not pass this way again
    ………unknown……….

    Best wish
    Linda kosolsak (USA Hollywood)

  24. Dalton Whittaker says:

    Hello Everyone,

    This is a beautiful poem. The author seems like he was in deep meditation and energizing his spiritual life. I think he was saying, why should I procrastinate about doing for my fellow-man, when I have today? Why should I show love tommorrow and I’m not sure I’ll see first light?

    I’m just a soujourner in this world. So while I’m passing through this land, I see only today, the present. Tommorrow is the future and I don’t know what the future holds. I will continue to show and excersise kindess towards my fellow-man, cause I may never travel this was again.

  25. Mohamed Rhamedizphy says:

    excellent.

  26. kathleen says:

    Learned this as a prayer as a child and it has stuck with me ever since.

  27. reyna says:

    Hello everybody..!! i think this poem is very nice… is the best…

  28. Heba Fatima says:

    good blank verse

  29. teetotaler says:

    Great fund raiser.

  30. raven jijhey says:

    that poem really internalize my inner sensation as I’ve read that, my eagerness to write a poem was boost-in ..

  31. Robert Li says:

    very nice.this is my first comment in here. I hope I will be better.

  32. Larry says:

    very beautiful.but I can’t understand clearly.or there is something do not know clearly inthe world,for example the PEOTRY……

  33. meme says:

    ahm..exactly as i thinking..
    it is so very nice..
    i red this poem once and once..
    and the thing that comes in my mind…is..
    to deliver a thing important that someone`s gonna know..that you love him/her and how you appreciate the good things that he/she did to you..
    and you will not pass this way again..

    ^_^mary joy galbizo^_^

  34. anonymous poet says:

    watta poem!!!!! but i dont know who is speaking….. gosh…..

  35. svetlana says:

    These words make you live and think of life.
    Thank you.

  36. Danny says:

    Very touching line, a guiding principle for mankind.

  37. serigne says:

    I’d like to meet this man because in my view,he words seem emamated from prophecy.

  38. serigne says:

    his

  39. Ofel Trinidad says:

    … all comments are true. since it is entitled to all kinds of interpretation, i will share you mine:

    That life is lived once so whatever action you need/want to do, do not delay.
    And whatever blessing or misfortune comes to you, do not dwell on it too much for it shall pass.

  40. BETTYE VALENTINE says:

    THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL POEM;I TRY TO BE KIND TO EVERYONE THAT I MEET EVERYDAY

  41. meryem says:

    the poem is very good it gives us a moral : we should profit in this life bcs it ll last

  42. Connie says:

    I love this! There was a song… a country song, maybe, that used these words and I am making myself crazy trying to remember who it was and what the name of the song is. Please help!

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