For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities
And realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of beauty.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today, well-lived, makes
Every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day!
Such is the Salutation to the Dawn.
Kalidasa (Indian poet c. 4th century AD)