The Sweetest of Nights and the Finest of Days

The Sweetest of Nights
and the
Finest of Days

by Judith Viorst

I wish you, I wish you,
I wish you these wishes:
Cool drinks in your glasses.
Warm food in your dishes.
People to nourish and cherish
and love you.
A lamp in the window to light your
way home in the haze.
I wish you the sweetest of nights
And the finest of days.

I wish you, I wish you
A talent for living.
Delight in the getting,
Delight in the giving.
A song in your soul, and
someone to hear it.
The wisdom to find the right path
when you’re lost in a maze.
I wish you the sweetest of nights
And the finest of days.

A snug roof above you.
A strong self inside you.
The courage to go where you know
you must go,
And a good heart to guide you.
And good friends beside you.

I wish you, I wish you
A dream worth the doing.
And fortune’s face smiling
On all you’re pursuing.
And pleasures that far far
Outweigh your small sorrows.
Arms wide to embrace your
tomorrows.
A long sunlit sail on the bluest and
smoothest of bays.
I wish you the sweetest of nights
And the finest of days.

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