A funeral director proposed the following reading for a service. This poem by Emerson:
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget then as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
I obtained from a library The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Vol IX, Poems - A variorum Edition and scanned the fat volume to find the name of this poem, and some background information. It was a fine introduction to Emerson's poetry, but now I look at the proposed text and it looks like it is taken from Emerson's prose. Emerson's poems do not look like this, although I was given a card on which these words were displayed in a more poemy fashion, center-justified.
Can you help me to pinpoint the source? Ideally, can you point me to the exact spot within Project Gutenberg (https://gutenberg.org/) so I can study the surrounding text?
Or is it a poem after all, and in my drowsyness, I have flipped past it?