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I Marred a Day

by Annette Wynne

I marred a day, a shining day,
(God lent it clean and bright);
I sent it lusterless away,
I dimmed its gracious light;
And God I know was sorrowing
For that poor soiled and tarnished thing.

In everlasting tenderness
Another day of light
God sent; each hour I strove to bless,
I kept it clean and bright;
And God was glad—it shone away
The meanness of my other day.