Poem Inspiration for the Night

Whatever Is–Is Best

I know, as my life grows older,

And mine eyes have clearer sight,

That under each rank wrong somewhere

There lies the root of Right;

That each sorrow has its purpose,

By the sorrowing oft unguessed;

But as sure as the sun brings morning,

Whatever is-is best.

I know that each sinful action,

As sure as the night brings shade,

Is somewhere, sometime punished,

Tho’ the hour be long delayed,

I know that the soul is aided

Sometimes by the heart’s unrest,

And to grow means often to suffer–

But whatever is-is best.

I know there are no errors,

In the great Eternal plan,

And all things work together

For the final good of man.

And I know when my soul speeds onward,

In its grand Eternal quest,

I shall say as I look back earthward,

Whatever is-is best.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox