A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 22, 2017
“Count your blessings instead of your crosses” (Thanksgiving poem)

A popular Thanksgiving (or church) poem of unknown authorship has been cited in print since at least 1969:

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.



6 November 1969, The Current Local (Van Buren, MO), “Ellsinore Area News” by Glen Kingen, pg. 1, cols. 3-4:
Count your blessings instead of your crosses,
Count your gains instead of your losses,
Count your joys instead of your woes,
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your health instead of your wealth…
Count on God instead of yourself.

25 November 1970, Gettysburg (PA) Times, “Quotes and Unquotes” by former editor of The Item, pg. 17, col. 7:
For days like these, I think the following is appropriate:

Count your blessings instead of your crosses; count your gains instead of your losses.Count your joys instead of your woes; count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears; count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean; count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth; count on God instead of yourself.

30 December 1971, The Star-Herald, (Kosciusko, MS), “Callie’s Calling,” pg. 5, col. 5:
To count your blessings instead of your crosses.
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes.
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears.
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean,
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth.
Count on God instead of self.

Google Books
“Church Bulletin Bits”
By George W. Knight
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1976
Pp. 88-89:
HOW TO OBSERVE THANKSGIVING
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

14 June 1982, Boston (MA) Herald American, pg. B10, cols. 1-2:
Count your blessings
Instead of your crosses.
Count your gains
Instead of your losses.
Count your joys
Instead of your woes.
Count your friends
Instead of your foes.
Count your smiles
Instead of your tears.
Count your courage
Instead of your fears.
Count your full years
Instead of your lean.
Count your kind deeds
Instead of your mean.
Count your health
Instead of your wealth.
Count on God
Instead of yourself.
ANON, BOSTON

Google Books
One Prayer At A Time:
A Day To Day Path To Spiritual Growth

By Lynne Bundesen
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
1998
Pg. 78:
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses;
Count the joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes;
Count your courage instead of your fears;
Count your health instead of your wealth;
And count on God instead of yourself.
Author Unknown

Google Books
Words of Thanksgiving
Edited by Nancy Streza
Xist Publishing
2015
Pg. ?:
Count Your Blessings.
Author Unknown

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Posted by Barry Popik
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