Fading II By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Fading II She sits beside the window. All who pass Turn once again to gaze on her sweet face. She is so fair; but soon,…

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Wanted–A Little Girl By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Wanted–A Little Girl Where have they gone to-the little girls With natural manners and natural curls; Who love their dollies and like their toys, And…

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The Empty Bowl By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Empty Bowl I held the golden vessel of my soul And prayed that God would fill it from on high. Day after day the…

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Master And Servant By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Master And Servant The devil to Bacchus said, one day, In a scowling, growling, petulant way, As he came from earth to hell: ‘There’s a…

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Christmas Fancies By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Christmas Fancies When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago. And etched on…

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Three And One By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Three And One Sometimes she seems so helpless and mild, So full of sweet unreason and so weak, So prone to some capricious whim or…

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Into The World By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Into The World Out over childhood’s borders, Manhood’s brave banners unfurled, Weighed down with precepts and orders A boy has gone into the world. Nobody…

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The Jealous Gods By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Jealous Gods Oh life is wonderful,’ she said, ‘And all my world is bright; Can Paradise show fairer skies, Or more effulgent light?’ (Speak…

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Sweet Danger By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sweet Danger The danger of war, with its havoc of life, The danger of ocean, when storms are rife, The danger of jungles, where wild…

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Presumption By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Presumption Whenever I am prone to doubt or wonder – I check myself, and say, ‘That mighty One Who made the solar system cannot blunder…

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The Land Of The Gone-Away Souls By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Land Of The Gone-Away Souls Oh! that is a beautiful land, I wis, The land of the Gone-away Souls. Yes, a lovelier region by…

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True Charity By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

True Charity I gave a beggar from my little store Of well-earned gold. He spent the shining ore And came again, and yet again, still…

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The Birth Of The Opal By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Birth Of The Opal The Sunbeam loved the Moonbeam, And followed her low and high, But Moonbeam fled and hid her head, She was…

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Life’s Lesson Book By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Life’s Lesson Book Life is a ponderous lesson-book, and Fate The teacher. When I came to love’s fair leaf My teacher turned the page and…

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Bedlam Town By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Bedlam Town Do you want to peep into Bedlam Town? Then come with me, when the day swings down, Into the cradle, whose rockers rim,…

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The Undiscovered Country By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Undiscovered Country Man has explored all countries and all lands, And made his own the secrets of each clime. Now, ere the world has…

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Shovel And Tongs By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Shovel And Tongs The Poker proposed to the shovel That they should be man and wife, ‘I think,’ said he, ‘that we could agree As…

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Fading By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Fading All in the beautiful Autumn weather One thought lingers with me and stays; Death and winter are coming together, Though both are veiled by…

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War By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

War I There is no picturesqueness and no glory, No halo of romance, in war to-day. It is a hideous thing; Time would turn grey…

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The Engine By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Engine Into the gloom of the deep, dark night, With panting breath and a startled scream; Swift as a bird in sudden flight Darts…

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Meg’s Curse By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Meg’s Curse The sun rode high in a cloudless sky Of a perfect summer morn. She stood and gazed out into the street, And wondered…

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Clara Morris (Written For A Benefit Given Mrs. Morris) By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Clara Morris (Written For A Benefit Given Mrs. Morris) The Radiant Ruler of Mystic Regions Where souls of artists are fitted for birth, Gathered together…

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Three Women By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Three Women My love is young, so young; Young is her cheek, and her throat, And life is a song to be sung With love…

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Answered Prayers By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Answered Prayers I prayed for riches, and achieved success; All that I touched turned into gold. Alas! My cares were greater and my peace was…

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My Friend By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

My Friend When first I looked upon the face of Pain I shrank repelled, as one shrinks from a foe Who stands with dagger poised,…

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It Might Have Been By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It Might Have Been We will be what we could be. Do not say, ‘It might have been, had not this, or that, or this.’…

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Grandpa’s Christmas By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Grandpa’s Christmas In his great cushioned chair by the fender An old man sits dreaming to-night, His withered hands, licked by the tender, Warm rays…

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New Year (II) By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

New Year (II) As the old year sinks down in Time’s ocean, Stand ready to launch with the new, And waste no regrets, no emotion,…

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Twilight Thoughts By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Twilight Thoughts The God of the day has vanished, The light from the hills has fled, And the hand of an unseen artist Is painting…

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The Black Sheep By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Black Sheep ‘Black sheep, black sheep, have you any wool?’ ‘Yes, sir-yes, sir: three bags full.’ ‘I don’t want any New Thought,’ said he,…

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Life’s Scars By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Life’s Scars They say the world is round, and yet I often think it square, So many little hurts we get From corners here and…

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Begin The Day By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Begin The Day Begin each morning with a talk to God, And ask for your divine inheritance Of usefulness, contentment, and success. Resign all fear,…

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The Universal Route By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Universal Route As we journey along, with a laugh and a song, We see, on youth’s flower-decked slope, Like a beacon of light, shining…

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Only A Slight Flirtation By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Only A Slight Flirtation ‘Twas just a slight flirtation, And where’s the harm, I pray, In that amusing pastime So much in vogue to-day? Her…

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False By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

False False! Good God, I am dreaming! No, no, it never can be- You who are so true in seeming, You, false to your vows…

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Warned By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Warned They stood at the garden gate. By the lifting of a lid She might have read her fate In a little thing he did….

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The Englishman By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Englishman Born in the flesh, and bred in the bone, Some of us harbour still A New World pride: and we flaunt or hide…

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Memory’s Mansion By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Memory’s Mansion In Memory’s Mansion are wonderful rooms, And I wander about them at will; And I pause at the casements, where boxes of blooms…

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Coleur De Rose By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Coleur De Rose I want more lives in which to love This world so full of beauty, I want more days to use the ways…

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Three Souls By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Three Souls Three Souls there were that reached the Heavenly Gate, And gained permission of the Guard to wait. Barred from the bliss of Paradise…

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The Spirit Of Great Joan By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Spirit Of Great Joan Back of each soldier who fights for France, Aye, back of each woman and man Who toils and prays through…

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A Fatal Impress By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Fatal Impress A little leaf just in the forest’s edge, All summer long, had listened to the wooing Of amorous brids that flew across…

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Courage By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Courage There is a courage, a majestic thing That springs forth from the brow of pain, full-grown, Minerva-like, and dares all dangers known, And all…

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Artist’s Life By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Artist’s Life Of all the waltzes the great Strauss wrote, mad with melody, rhythm–rife From the very first to the final note, Give me his…

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A Leaf By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Leaf Somebody said, in the crowd, last eve, That you were married, or soon to be. I have not thought of you, I believe,…

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Dear love By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Dear love Dear love, if you and I could sail away, With snowy pennons to the wind unfurled, Across the waters of some unknown bay,…

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Twin-Born By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Twin-Born He who possesses virtue at its best, Or greatness in the true sense of the word, Has one day started even with that herd…

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The Boys’ And Girls’ Thanksgiving Of 1892 By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Boys’ And Girls’ Thanksgiving Of 1892 Never since the race was started, Had a boy in any clime, Cause to be so thankful-hearted, As…

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Limitless By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Limitless There is nothing, I hold, in the way of work That a human being may not achieve If he does not falter, or shrink,…

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Beppo By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Beppo Why are thou sad, my Beppo? But last eve, Here at my feet, thy dear head on my breast, I heard thee say thy…

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The Valley Of Fear By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Valley Of Fear In the journey of life, as we travel along To the mystical goal that is hidden from sight, You may stumble…

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Only Dreams By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Only Dreams A maiden sat in teh sunset glow Of the shadowy, beautiful Long Ago, That we see through a mist of tears. She sat…

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Fame By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Fame If I should die, to-day, To-morrow, maybe, the world would see Would waken from sleep, and say, “Why here was talent! why here was…

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Were I Man Grown By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Were I Man Grown Were I man grown, I’d stand With clean heart, soul, and hand, An honor to this land. I would be good…

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The Farewell By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Farewell ‘Tis not the untried soldier new to danger Who fears to enter into active strife. Amidst the roll of drums, the cannon’s rattle,…

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Memory’s River By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Memory’s River In Nature’s bright blossoms not always reposes That strange subtle essence more rare than their bloom, Which lies in the hearts of carnations…

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Come Back Clean By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Come Back Clean This is the song for a soldier To sing as he rides from home To the fields afar where the battles are…

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Spectres By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Spectres How terrible these nights are when alone With our scarred hearts, we sit in solitude, And some old sorrow, to the world unknown, Does…

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What Uncle Rob Says By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What Uncle Rob Says Uncle Rob says, That once on a time the fire flies Were stars with the others up in the skies. They…

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Time’s Defeat By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Time’s Defeat Time has made conquest of so many things That once were mine. Swift-footed, eager youth That ran to meet the years; bold brigand…

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