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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The Discontented Manicure Scissors By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Discontented Manicure Scissors Said the manicure scissors one day, ‘The shears always have their own way, And I think it absurd That I am…

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Love Much By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love Much Love much. Earth has enough of bitter in it. Cast sweets into its cup whene’er you can. No heart so hard, but love…

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Camouflage By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Camouflage Camouflage is all the rage. Ladies in their fight with age- Soldiers in their fight with foes- Demagogues who mask and pose In the…

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Then And Now By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Then And Now A little time agone, a few brief years, And there was peace within our beauteous borders; Peace, and a prosperous people, and…

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Song Of The Wheelman By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Song Of The Wheelman Over my desk in a dark office bending. Dim seems the sunlight and dull seems the day; But when the afternoon…

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Independence Ode By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Independence Ode Columbia, fair queen in your glory! Columbia, the pride of the earth! We crown you with song- wreath and story; We honour the…

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Angel Or Demon By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Angel Or Demon You call me an angel of love and of light, A being of goodness and heavenly fire, Sent out from God’s kingdom…

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The Soul’s Farewell to the Body By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Soul’s Farewell to the Body So we must part forever; and although I long have beat my wings and cried to go, Free from…

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Mother’s Loss By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Mother’s Loss If I could clasp my little babe Upon my breast to-night, I would not mind the blowing wind That shrieketh in affright. Oh,…

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Isaura By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Isaura Dost thou not tire, Isaura, of this play? ‘What play?’ Why, this old play of winning hearts! Nay, now, lift not thine eyes in…

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Good-By To The Cradle By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Good-By To The Cradle GOOD-BY to the cradle, the dear wooden cradle, The rude hand of Progress has thrust it aside: No more to its…

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National Anniversay Ode By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

National Anniversay Ode Ho! for the day in the whole year the brightest! Long may it live in the heart of the nation! Long may…

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Let Me Lean Hard By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Let Me Lean Hard Let me lean hard upon the Eternal Breast; In all earth’s devious ways, I sought for rest And found it not….

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At The Hop By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

At The Hop ‘Tis time to dress. Dost hear the music surging Like sobbing waves that roll up from the sea? Yes, yes, I hear…

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The Truth Teller By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Truth Teller The Truth Teller lifts the curtain, And shows us the people’s plight; And everything seems uncertain, And nothing at all looks right….

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River And Sea By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

River And Sea Under the light of the silver moon We two sat, when our hearts were young; The night was warm with the breath…

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I Shall Not Forget By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Shall Not Forget I shall not forget you. The years may be tender, But vain are their efforts to soften my smart; And the…

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A Waif By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Waif My soul is like a poor caged bird to-night, Beating its wings against the prison bars, Longing to reach the outer world of…

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The Cry Of The People By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Cry Of The People Fire! Fire! Fire! the cry rang out on the night air, The roving winds caught it up, and the very…

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Love Song By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love Song Once in the world’s first prime, When nothing lived or stirred, Nothing but new-born Time, Nor was there even a bird – The…

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Camp Followers By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Camp Followers In the old wars of the world there were camp-followers, Women of ancient sins who gave themselves for hire, Women of weak wills…

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Theory And Practice By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Theory And Practice The man of God stands, on the Sabbath-day, Warning the sinners from the broad highway That leads to death. He rolls his…

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Songs Of A Country Home By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Songs Of A Country Home I Who has not felt his heart leap up, and glow What time the tulips first begin to blow, Has…

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Individuality By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Individuality Ah yes, I love you, and with all my heart; Just as a weaker woman loves her own, Better than I love my beloved…

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Perished By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Perished I called to the summer sun, “Come over the hills to-day! Unlock the rivers, and tell them to run, And kiss the snow-drifts and…

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Conversion By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Conversion When this world’s pleasures for my soul sufficed, Ere my heart’s plummet sounded depths of pain, I call on Reason to control my brain,…

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Arise By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Arise Why sit ye idly dreaming all the day, While the golden, precious hours flit away? See you not the day is waning, waning fast?…

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A Holiday By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Holiday The Wife The house is like a garden, The children are the flowers, The gardener should come methinks And walk among his bowers,…

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Daft By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Daft In the warm yellow smile of the morning, She stands at the lattice pane, And watches the strong young binders Stride down to the…

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Let Them Go By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Let Them Go Let the dream go. Are there not other dreams In vastness of clouds hid from thy sight That yet shall gild with…

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At The Window By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

At The Window Every morning, as I walk down From my dreary lodgings, toward the town, I see at a window, near the street, The…

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The Tryst By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Tryst Just when all hope had perished in my soul, And balked desire made havoc with my mind, My cruel Ladye suddenly grew kind,…

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Robin’s Mistake By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Robin’s Mistake What do you think Red Robin Found by a mow of hay? Why, a flask brimful of liquor, That the mowers brought that…

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I Love You By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Love You I love your lips when they’re wet with wine And red with a wild desire; I love your eyes when the lovelight…

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A Waltz-Quadrille By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Waltz-Quadrille The band was playing a waltz-quadrille, I felt as light as a wind-blown feather, As we floated away, at the caller’s will, Through…

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The Creed To Be By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Creed To Be Our thoughts are molding unmade spheres, And, like a blessing or a curse, They thunder down the formless years, And ring…

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Love Will Wane By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love Will Wane When your love begins to wane, Spare me from the cruel pain Of all speech that tells me so – Spare me…

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Certitude By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Certitude There was a time when I was confident That God’s stupendous mystery of birth Was mine to know. The wonder of it lent New…

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There’s Work To Be Done By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There’s Work To Be Done ‘Tis the song of the morning, The words of the sun, As he swings o’er the mountains: ‘There’s work to…

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Sorrow’s Uses By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sorrow’s Uses The uses of sorrow I comprehend Better and better at each year’s end. Deeper and deeper I seem to see Why and wherefore…

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Inspiration By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Inspiration Not like a daring, bold, aggressive boy, Is inspiration, eager to pursue, But rather like a maiden, fond, yet coy, Who gives herself to…

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Ghosts By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ghosts There are ghosts in the room. As I sit here alone, from the dark corners there They come out of the gloom, And they…

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Time And Love By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Time And Love Time flies. The swift hours hurry by And speed us on to untried ways; New seasons ripen, perish, die, And yet love…

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The Suicide By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Suicide Last was the wealth I carried in life’s pack- Youth, health, ambition, hope and trust but Time And Fate, those robbers fit for…

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When You Go Away By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When You Go Away When you go away, my friend, When you say your last good-bye, Then the summer time will end, And the winter…

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To Men By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

To Men Sirs, when you pity us, I say You waste your pity. Let it stay, Well corked and stored upon your shelves, Until you…

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Life By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Life All in the dark we grope along, And if we go amiss We learn at least which path is wrong, And there is gain…

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Attainment By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Attainment Use all your hidden forces. Do not miss the purpose of this life, and do not wait for circumstance to mold or change your…

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The Tulip Bed At Greeley Square By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Tulip Bed At Greeley Square You know that oasis, fresh and fair In the city desert, as Greeley square? That bright triangle of scented…

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Science By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Science Alone I climb the steep ascending path Which leads to knowledge. In the babbling throngs That hurry after, shouting to the world Small fragments…

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I Step Across The Mystic Border-Land By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Step Across The Mystic Border-Land I step across the mystic border-land, And look upon the wonder-world of Art. How beautiful, how beautiful its hills!…

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Vanity Fair By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Vanity Fair In Vanity Fair, as we bow and smile, As we talk of the opera after the weather, As we chat of fashion and…

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The Deadliest Sin By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Deadliest Sin There are not many sins when once we sift them. In actions of evolving human souls Striving to reach high goals And…

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Love Thyself Last By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love Thyself Last Love thyself last. Look near, behold thy duty To those who walk beside thee down life’s road; Make glad their days by…

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Canada By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Canada England, father and mother in one, Look on your stalwart son. Sturdy and strong, with the valour of youth, Where is another so lusty?…

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They Shall Not Win By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

They Shall Not Win Whatever the strength of our foes is now, Whatever it may have been, This is our slogan, and this our vow-…

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Sonnet By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sonnet Methinks ofttimes my heart is like some bee That goes forth through the summer day and sings, And gathers honey from all growing things…

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Integrity By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Integrity Immortal life is something to be earned, By slow, self-conquest, comradeship with pain, And patient seeking after higher truths. We cannot follow our own…

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Answered By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Answered Good-bye – Yes, I am going, Sudden? Well, you are right. But a startling truth came home to me With sudden force last night….

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