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God’s Minute – Anonymous Poem

I have only just a minute,

Only sixty seconds in it.

Forced upon me, can’t refuse it.

Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.

But it’s up to me

to use it.

I must suffer if I lose it.

Give account if I abuse it.

Just a tiny little minute,

but eternity is in it.

~ Anonymous

In the book “Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Speaks: Representative Speeches of a Great American Orator,” there is a eulogy delivered by Dr. Mays in which he states that this poem is anonymous.

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  1. I am glad that Dr. Benjamin E. Mays is now saying that the poem is anonymous. There was a time when he said on the internet, that he wrote it, and I knew that, not to be true. I read that poem in the Cleveland Catholic Universe Bulletin 50 or more years ago. I have a faded copy of a picture of it’s author, somewhere in my file cabinet. My energy level is too low to take on a search for it.

  2. Dr. Mays died in 1984. His words are his writings and work that span fifty-nine years. Those are the only ways that Mays is now speaking. I don’t recall any of May’s writings in where he claimed literary authorship of the poem, “God’s Minute.” I do concede that in error, some preachers and/or students may have attributed this poem to Dr. Mays. I am doubtful that Mays himself would have traversed the nobility of his profession.

  3. Well-spoken, Marcus Leathers!
    I also wish to state, that there is some good material on “The Weaver”. I may have found that last verse, and the TRUE author (1950 and before), on your website.
    Thanks so much and Todah Rabah!

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