These I Can Promise – Mark Twain

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise you riches, wealth or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.

But I can promise all my heart’s devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow.
A love that’s true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in your’s through each tomorrow.



    • Hi Ben,

      Thanks for bringing that to my notice, after reading your comment even I researched further on this but all I find is the same poem published on multiple sites like you mentioned.

      I had read this long back somewhere hence re-posted it on my blog.


  1. I am irritated by this version – there is an extra “you” in the second line, (it should be: “I cannot promise riches, wealth or gold”) and the penultimate line should read “A love that’s ever true and ever growing”, otherwise it doesn’t scan.


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