Is It Well By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Is It Well Saw you the youth, with the face like the morning, Refilling the glass, that foamed white as the sea? Heard you the…

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Good Templars’ Song By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Good Templars’ Song AIR-‘O SUSANNAH!’ Ye soldiers in the temperance cause, Our work is but begun. Oh! sit not down in idleness And think the…

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My Vision By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

My Vision Wherever my feet may wander Wherever I chance to be, There comes, with the coming of even’ time A vision sweet to me….

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Lay It Away By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Lay It Away We will lay our summer away, my friend, So tenderly lay it away. It was bright and sweet to the very end,…

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The Times By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Times The times are not degenerate. Man’s faith Mounts higher than of old. No crumbling creed Can take from the immortal soul the need…

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Resolve By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Resolve Build on resolve, and not upon regret, The structure of thy future. Do not grope Among the shadows of old sins, but let Thine…

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His Youth By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

His Youth Dying? I am not dying. Are you mad? You think I need to ask for heavenly grace? I think you are a fiend,…

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A Sculptor By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Sculptor As the ambitious sculptor, tireless, lifts Chisel and hammer to the block at hand, Before my half-formed character I stand And ply the…

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The Muse And The Poet By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Muse And The Poet The Muse said, Let us sing a little song Wherein no hint of wrong, No echo of the great world…

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Lost By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Lost You left me with the autumn time; When the winter stripped the forest bare, Then dressed it in his spotless rime; When frosts were…

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Breaking The Day In Two By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Breaking The Day In Two When from dawn till noon seems one long day, And from noon till night another, Oh, then should a little…

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The Wish By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Wish Should some great angel say to me to-morrow, “Thou must re-tread thy pathway from the start, But God will grant, in pity, for…

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Song Of The Aviator By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Song Of The Aviator You may thrill with the speed of your thoroughbred steed, You may laugh with delight as you ride the ocean, You…

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In The Garden By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In The Garden One moment alone in the garden, Under the August skies; The moon had gone but the stars shone on, – Shone like…

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An Episode By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

An Episode Along a narrow Moorish street A blue-eyed soldier strode. (Ah, well-a-day.) Veiled from her lashes to her feet She stepped from her abode,…

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The Song Of The Sandwich By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Song Of The Sandwich We met at night in the season’s hight, Mid revel and mirth and song. I looked in your eye with…

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What Shall We Do By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What Shall We Do Here now, for evermore, our lives must part. My path leads there, and yours another way. What shall we do with…

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Contentment By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Contentment If any line that I ever penned, Or any word I have spoken, Has comforted heart of foe or friend – In any way,…

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Art And Heart By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Art And Heart Though critics may bow to art, and I am its own true lover, It is not art, but heart, which wins the…

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A Golden Day By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Golden Day The subtle beauty of this day Hangs o’er me like a fairy spell, And care and grief have flown away, And every…

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Custer; Book Third By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Custer; Book Third I As in the long dead days marauding hosts Of Indians came from far Siberian coasts, And drove the peaceful Aztecs from…

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At Bay By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

At Bay Wife Reach out your arms, and hold me close and fast. Tell me there are no memories of your past That mar this…

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The Traveled Man By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Traveled Man Sometimes I wish the railroads all were torn out, The ships all sunk among the coral strands. I am so very weary,…

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Response By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Response I said this morning, as I leaned and threw My shutters open to the Spring’s surprise, ‘Tell me, O Earth, how is it that…

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How Does Love Speak By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

How Does Love Speak In the faint flush upon the tell-tale cheek, And in the pallor that succeeds it; by The quivering lid of an…

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A Song Of Life By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Song Of Life In the rapture of life and of living, I lift up my head and rejoice, And I thank the great Giver…

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The Needle And Thread By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Needle And Thread The Needle and Thread one day were wed, The Thimble acted as priest, A paper of Pins, and the Scissors twins…

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Love By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love The longer I live and the more I see Of the struggle of souls towards the heights above, The stronger this truth comes home…

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But One By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

But One The year has but one June, dear friend; The year has but one June; And when that perfect month doth end, The robin’s…

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The Year By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Year What can be said in New Year rhymes, That’s not been said a thousand times? The new years come, the old years go,…

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Song Of The Rail By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Song Of The Rail Oh, an ugly thing is an iron rail, Black, with its face to the dust. But it carries a message where…

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In The Long Run By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In The Long Run In the long run fame finds the deserving man. The lucky wight may prosper for a day, But in good time…

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An Inspiration By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

An Inspiration However the battle is ended, Though proudly the victor comes With fluttering flags and prancing nags And echoing roll of drums. Still truth…

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Ph. Best & Co.’s Lager-Beer By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ph. Best & Co.’s Lager-Beer In every part of the thrifty town, Whether my course be up or down, In lane, and alley, and avenue,…

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Thy Ship By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Thy Ship Hadst thou a ship, in whose vast hold lay stored The priceless riches of all climes and lands, Say, woudst thou let it…

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The Story Of Grumble Tone By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Story Of Grumble Tone There was a boy named Grumble Tone, who ran away to sea. ‘I’m sick of things on land,’ he said,…

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Which Are You By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Which Are You There are two kinds of people on earth to-day; Just two kinds of people, no more, I say. Not the sinner and…

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To Marry Or Not To Marry By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

To Marry Or Not To Marry A Girl’s Reverie Mother says, ‘Be in no hurry, Marriage oft means care and worry.’ Auntie says, with manner…

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At Eleusis By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

At Eleusis I, at Eleusis, saw the finest sight, When early morning’s banners were unfurled. From high Olympus, gazing on the world, The ancient gods…

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The Traveller By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Traveller Reply to Rudyard Kipling’s ‘He travels the fastest who travels alone.’ Who travels alone with his eye on the heights, Though he laughs…

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Reunited By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Reunited Let us begin, dear love, where we left off; Tie up the broken threads of that old dream; And go on happy as before;…

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How Salvator Won By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

How Salvator Won The gate was thrown open, I rode out alone, More proud than a monarch who sits on a throne. I am but…

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A Suggestion By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Suggestion As I go and shop, sir! If a car I stop, sir! Where you chance to sit, And you want to read, sir!…

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The Ogre Slam-The-Door By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Ogre Slam-The-Door There is a certain castle that is beautiful and fair, And plants, and birds, and pretty things, fill every room and hall,…

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Love Is Enough By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love Is Enough Love is enough. Let us not ask for gold. Wealth breeds false aims, and pride and selfishness; In those serene, Arcadian days…

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By-And-Bye By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

By-And-Bye ‘By-and-bye, ’ the maiden sighed – ‘by-and-bye He will claim me for his bride, Hope is strong and time is fleet; Youth is fair,…

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The Yellow-Covered Almanac By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Yellow-Covered Almanac I left the farm when mother died and changed my place of dwelling To daughter Susie’s stylish house right on the city…

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Song Of The Spirit By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Song Of The Spirit Too sweet and too subtle for pen or for tongue In phrases unwritten and measures unsung, As deep and as strange…

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In The Night By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In The Night In the silent midnight watches, When the earth was clothed in gloom, And the grim and awful darkness Crept unbidden to my…

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An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride As when the old moon lighted by the tender And radiant crescent of the new is seen,…

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From The Grave By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

From The Grave When the first sere leaves of the year were falling, I heard, with a heart that was strangely thrilled, Out of the…

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Sunset By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sunset I saw the day lean o’er the world’s sharp edge And peer into night’s chasm, dark and damp; High in his hand he held…

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Preaching Vs Practice By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Preaching Vs Practice It is easy to sit in the sunshine And talk to the man in the shade; It is easy to float in…

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The Kingdom Of Love By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Kingdom Of Love In the dawn of the day, when the sea and the earth Reflected the sunrise above, I set forth, with a…

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The Ah Goo Tongue By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Ah Goo Tongue The queerest languages known to man, Sanscrit, Hebrew, Hindoostan, Are all translated and made as free And comprehensive as A B…

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At Set Of Sun By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

At Set Of Sun If we sit down at set of sun, And count the things that we have done, And counting, find One self-denying…

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The Trio By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Trio We love but once. The great gold orb of light From dawn to eventide doth cast his ray; But the full splendour of…

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Rich And Poor By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Rich And Poor By the castle-gate my lady stands, Viewing broad acres and spreading lands. Hill and valley and mead and plain Are all her…

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I Am By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Am Am I know not whence I came, I know not whither I go; But the fact stands clear that I am here In…

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A Tumbler Of Claret By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Tumbler Of Claret I poured out a tumbler of Claret, Of course with intention to drink, And, holding it up in the sunlight, I…

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