Sunshine And Shadow By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sunshine And Shadow Life has its shadows, as well as its sun; Its lights and its shades, all twined together. I tried to single them…

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Preparation By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Preparation We must not force events, but rather make The heart soil ready for their coming, as The earth spreads carpets for the feet of…

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The Land Of Nowhere By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Land Of Nowhere Do you know where the summer blooms all the year ’round, Where there never is rain on a pic-nic day? Where…

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The Beautiful Blue Danube By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Beautiful Blue Danube They drift down the hall together; He smiles in her lifted eyes. Like waves of that mighty river The strains of…

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Leudeman’s-On-The-River By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Leudeman’s-On-The-River Toward even when the day leans down, To kiss the upturned face of night, Out just beyond the loud-voiced town I know a spot…

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Attraction By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Attraction The meadow and the mountain with desire Gazed on each other, till a fierce unrest Surged ‘neath the meadow’s seemingly calm breast, And all…

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The Two Armies By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Two Armies Once over the ocean in distant lands, In an age long past, were two hostile bands- Two armies of men, both brave,…

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Searching By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Searching These quiet Autumn days, My soul, like Noah’s dove, on airy wings Goes out and searches for the hidden things Beyond the hills of…

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I Told You By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Told You I told you the winter would go, love, I told you the winter would go, That he’d flee in shame when the…

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Veils By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Veils Veils, everywhere float veils; veils long and black, Framing white faces, oft-times young and fair, But, like a rose touched by untimely frost, Showing…

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The Dirge Of The Winds By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Dirge Of The Winds The four winds of earth, the North, South, East, and West, Shrieked and groaned, sobbed and wailed, like the soul…

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Love’s Coming By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love’s Coming She had looked for his coming as warriors come, With the clash of arms and the bugle’s call; But he came instead with…

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Carlos By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Carlos Last night I knelt low at my lady’s feet. One soft, caressing hand played with my hair, And one I kissed and fondled. Kneeling…

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Thou Dost Not Know By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Thou Dost Not Know Thou dost not know it! but to hear One word of praise from thee, There is no pain I would not…

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Sorry By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sorry There is much in life that makes me sorry as I journey down life’s way. And I seem to see more pathos in poor…

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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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Music In The Flat By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Music In The Flat When Tom and I were married, we took a little flat; I had a taste for singing and playing and all…

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It All Will Come Out Right By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It All Will Come Out Right Whatever is a cruel wrong, Whatever is unjust, The honest years that speed along Will trample in the dust….

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Gracia By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Gracia Nay, nay, Antonio! nay, thou shalt not blame her, My Gracia, who hath so deserted me. Thou art my friend, but if thou dost…

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New And Old By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

New And Old I and new love, in all its living bloom, Sat vis-à-vis, while tender twilight hours Went softly by us, treading as on…

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The Beautiful Land Of Nod By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Beautiful Land Of Nod Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear, Your head like the golden-rod, And we will go sailing away from…

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Life Is A Privilege By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Life Is A Privilege Life is a privilege. Its youthful days Shine with the radiance of continuous Mays. To live, to breathe, to wonder and…

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Baby’s First Journey By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Baby’s First Journey Lightly they hold him and lightly they sway him- Soft as a pillow are somebody’s arms. Down he goes slowly, ever so…

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The Two Glasses By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Two Glasses There sat two glasses, filled to the brim, On a rich man’s table, rim to rim. One was ruddy and red as…

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Seeking For Happiness By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Seeking For Happiness Seeking for happiness we must go slowly; The road leads not down avenues of haste; But often gently winds through by ways…

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I Will Be Worthy Of It By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Will Be Worthy Of It It I may not reach the heights I seek, My untried strength may fail me; Or, halfway up the…

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Voice Of The Voiceless By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Voice Of The Voiceless I am the Voice of the Voiceless Through me the dumb shall speak Till the world’s deaf ear be made to…

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The Duel By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Duel Oh many a duel the world has seen That was bitter with hate, that was red with gore. But I sing of a…

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Love’s Language By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love’s Language How does Love speak? In the faint flush upon the tell-tale cheek, And in the pallor that succeeds it; by The quivering lid…

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Change By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Change Changed? Yes, I will confess it – I have changed. I do not love you in the old fond way. I am your friend…

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Three Friends By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Three Friends Of all the blessings which my life has known, I value most, and most praise God for three: Want, Loneliness and Pain, those…

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Sounds From The Baseball Field By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sounds From The Baseball Field Batter in the home place, That was nobly done; Try and get the first base- Run! Run ! RUN! Ah,…

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The Speech Of Silence By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Speech Of Silence The solemn Sea of Silence lies between us; I know thou livest, and them lovest me, And yet I wish some…

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Coronation Poem And Prayer By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Coronation Poem And Prayer The world has crowned a thousand kings: But destiny has kept Her weightiest hour of kingly power To offer England’s son….

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Art And Love By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Art And Love For many long uninterrupted years She was the friend and confidant of Art; They walked together, heart communed with heart In that…

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A Grey Mood By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Grey Mood As we hurry away to the end, my friend, Of this sad little farce called existence, We are sure that the future…

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Dawn By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Dawn Day’s sweetest moments are at dawn; Refreshed by his long sleep, the Light Kisses the languid lips of Night, Ere she can rise and…

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The Belle’s Soliloquy By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Belle’s Soliloquy Heigh Ho! Well, the season’s over! Once again we’ve come to Lent! Programme’s changes from balls and parties – Now we’re ordered…

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Life Is Too Short By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Life Is Too Short Life is too short for any vain regretting; Let dead delight bury its dead, I say, And let us go upon…

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Be Not Dismayed By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Be Not Dismayed Be not dismayed, be not dismayed when death Sets its white seal upon some worshipped face. Poor human nature for a little…

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The Two Ships By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Two Ships On the sea of life they floated, Brothers twain in manhood’s pride, And the good ship ‘Temperance’ bore them, Safely o’er the…

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Sestina By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sestina I wandered o’er the vast green plains of youth, And searched for Pleasure. On a distant height Fame’s silhouette stood sharp against the skies….

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Ernestness By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ernestness The hurry of the times affects us so In this swift rushing hour, we crowd and press And thrust each other backward as we…

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War Mothers By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

War Mothers There is something in the sound of drum and fife That stirs all the savage instincts into life. In the old times of…

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The Duet By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Duet I was smoking a cigarette; Maud, my wife, and the tenor McKey Were singing together a blithe duet, And days it were better…

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Love’s Supremacy By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love’s Supremacy As yon great Sun in his supreme condition Absorbs small worlds and makes them all his own, So does my love absorb each…

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Christ Crucified By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Christ Crucified Now ere I slept, my prayer had been that I might see my way To do the will of Christ, our Lord and…

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Thought-Magnets By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Thought-Magnets With each strong thought, with every earnest longing For aught thou deemest needful to thy soul, Invisible vast forces are set thronging Between thee…

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Speak By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Speak Obscured the sun, the world is dark; Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc, Send down thy spark. Let every heart in France be stirred,…

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Philosophy By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Philosophy At morn the wise man walked abroad, Proud with the learning of great fools. He laughed and said, ‘There is no God – ‘Tis…

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What We Want By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What We Want We have scores of temperance men, Bold and earnest, brave and true, Fighting with the tongue and pen, And we value what…

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Time Enough By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Time Enough I know it is early morning, And hope is calling aloud, And your heart is afire with Youth’s desire To hurry along with…

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The Summer Girl By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Summer Girl She’s the jauntiest of creatures, she’s the daintiest of misses, With her pretty patent leathers or her alligator ties, With her eyes…

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When Love Is Lost By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When Love Is Lost When love is lost, the day sets towards the night, Albeit the morning sun may still be bright, And not one…

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Transformation By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Transformation She waited in a rose-hued room; A wanton-hearted creature she, But beautiful and bright to see As some great orchid just in bloom. Upon…

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The Black Charger By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Black Charger There’s a terrible steed that rests not night nor day, But onward and onward, for ever away, Through hamlet, through village, through…

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Life’s Harmonies By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Life’s Harmonies Let no man pray that he know not sorrow, Let no soul ask to be free from pain, For the gall of to-day…

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Be Not Weary By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Be Not Weary Sometimes, when I am toil-worn and aweary, And tired out with working long and well, And earth is dark, and skies above…

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The Unattained By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Unattained A vision beauteous as the morn, With heavenly eyes and tresses streaming, Slow glided o’er a field late shorn Where walked a poet…

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Settle The Question Right By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Settle The Question Right However the battle is ended, Though proudly the victor comes, With flaunting flags and neighing nags And echoing roll of drums;…

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