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 only a vision,
But 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 of the dawn.
Kalidasa (“servant of Kali”) was a renowned Classical Sanskrit writer, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language. Although little is known of his life, he is believed to have lived in the period 370-450 AD and is considered to hold a place in Sanskrit literature equivalent to the esteem in which Shakespeare is held in English literature.