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Make music to Yahweh, all you who are faithful to him,
praise his unforgettable holiness.
His anger lasts but a moment, his favour through life;
In the evening come tears, but with dawn cries of joy.
You have turned my mourning into dancing,
you have stripped off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.

--Psalm 30: 4, 5, 11 (New Jerusalem Bible)


When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
--Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Nation


Thanks by W.S. Merwin
Giving thanks always, everywhere, even in suffering and under the night sky.

A List of Praises by Anne Porter
Give praise with creation and with its people.

from Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus by Denise Levertov
Praise the gray day, the sun beyond the clouds, the dream of peace and goodwill.

Daily Bread by Denise Levertov
An expression of gratitude for daily beauties in the human and natural world.

i thank you God by e. e. cummings
Invocation, praising the day.

Praise Song for the Day by Elizabeth Alexander
Read at President Obama's inauguration in 2008.

Te Deum by Charles Reznikoff
"Te Deum" was the title of early Christian praise hymns; this brief poem praises not victory, but "the common table."

What Was Told, That by Jala al-Din Rumi
This 13th-century poet expresses gratitude for the mystical "that" which opens flowers and stirs him to awareness.

Messenger by Mary Oliver
In the poet's typical style, she expresses dedication to the work of loving the earth.