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"One Thing Needful"

is a poem by Bram Stoker. It was first published in the US on December 10, 1885 in The Youth's Companion, Perry Mason & Co., Publishers, Boston, MA. This poem was reprinted on December 20, 1885 in the Galveston Daily News, Galveston, TX.

Book publication

"One Thing Needful" first appeared in book form in the UK in November 1902 in A Volunteer Haversack: Containing Contributions of Certain Writers to the Queen's Rifle Volunteer Brigade: The Royal Scots. Although the publisher is not listed, the publication page of this book states that it was Printed for the Brigade, Edinburgh. In 1905 it appeared in The Queen's Christmas Carol, Daily Mail, London, under the title "The One Thing Needful."

First edition book cover

A Volunteer Haversack UK Book Cover

Printed for the Brigade, Edinburgh, 1902

Other first edition covers


This poem is available as a:
  • Free PDF download (The Youth's Companion)
  • Free PDF download (Galveston Daily News)
  • Free PDF download (The Queen's Christmas Carol)
  • Newspaper image

    The Youth's Companion, December 10, 1885

    The Youth's Companion, Boston, December 10, 1885


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