Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A Fallen Leaf by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Fallen Leaf by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A trusting little leaf of green, A bold audacious frost; A rendezvous, a kiss or two, And youth for ever lost. Ah, me! The bitter, bitter cost.A flaunting patch of vivid ...

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A Naughty Little Comet by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Naughty Little Comet by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There was a little comet who lived near the Milky Way!She loved to wander out at night and jump about and play.The mother of the comet was a very good old star;She used to scold ...

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Art And Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Art And Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

For many long uninterrupted yearsShe was the friend and confidant of Art; They walked together, heart communed with heartIn that sweet comradeship that so endears.Her fondest ...

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A Golden Day by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Golden Day by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The subtle beauty of this day Hangs o'er me like a fairy spell, And care and grief have flown away, And every breeze sings, "all is well." I ask, "Holds earth or sin, or woe?" My ...

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Worth While by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Worth While by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows by like a song, But the man worth while is one who will smile, When everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is ...

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A Song Of Life by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Song Of Life by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In the rapture of life and of living, I lift up my head and rejoice, And I thank the great Giver for giving The soul of my gladness a voice.In the glow of the glorious weather, ...

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You Will Forget Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You Will Forget Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You will forget me. The years are so tender,They bind up the wounds which we think are so deep,This dream of our youth will fade out as the splendourFades from the skies when the ...

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A Lovers’ Quarrel by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Lovers’ Quarrel by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We two were lovers, the Sea and I; We plighted our troth ‘neath a summer sky.And all through the riotous ardent weatherWe dreamed, and loved, and rejoiced together. * * *At times ...

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A Holiday by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Holiday by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The WifeThe house is like a garden, The children are the flowers, The gardener should come methinks And walk among his bowers, Oh! lock the door on worry And shut your cares ...

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A Baby In The House by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Baby In The House by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I knew that a baby was hid in that house, Though I saw no cradle and heard no cry; But the husband was tip-toeing 'round like a mouse, And the good wife was humming a soft ...

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Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

On the white throat of useless passion That scorched my soul with its burning breath I clutched my fingers in murderous fashion And gathered them close in a grip of death; For why ...

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As You Go Through Life by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

As You Go Through Life by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Don’t look for the flaws as you go through life; And even when you find them, It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind And look for the virtue behind them.For the cloudiest night ...

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A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free, And leaped like a steed o’er the race track blue, Then up behind her, the dust of the sea, A gray fog, drifted, and hid her from ...

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The Winds Of Fate by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Winds Of Fate by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

One ship drives east and another drives westWith the selfsame winds that blow.Tis the set of the sailsAnd not the galesWhich tells us the way to go. Like the winds of the seas are ...

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All That Love Asks by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

All That Love Asks by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

All that I ask, 'says Love, 'is just to stand And gaze, unchided, deep in thy dear eyes; For in their depths lies largest Paradise. Yet, if perchance one pressure of ...

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“It Might Have Been” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“It Might Have Been” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We will be what we could be. Do not say, "It might have been, had not this, or that, or this." No fate can keep us from the chosen way; He only might who is. We will do what we ...

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Whatever Is – Is Best by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Whatever Is – Is Best by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I know as my life grows older, And mine eyes have clearer sight, That under each rank of wrong, somewhere There lies the root of right; That each sorrow has its purpose, By the ...

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You Never Can Tell by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You Never Can Tell by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You never can tell when you send a word, Like an arrow shot from a bowBy an archer blind, be it cruel or kind, Just where it may chance to go.It may pierce the breast of your ...

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Life’s Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Life’s Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

They say the world is round, and yetI often think it square,So many little hurts we getFrom corners here and there.But one great truth in life I've found,While journeying to the ...

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I Love You by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Love You by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I love your lips when they're wet with wine And red with a wild desire; I love your eyes when the lovelight lies Lit with a passionate fire. I love your arms when the warm white ...

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My Home by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

My Home by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

This is the place that I love the best, A little brown house, like a ground-bird's nest, Hid among grasses, and vines, and trees, Summer retreat of the birds and bees.The ...

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Voice Of The Voiceless by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Voice Of The Voiceless by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I am the Voice of the Voiceless Through me the dumb shall speak Till the world's deaf ear be made to hear The wrongs of the wordless weak. Oh shame on the mothers of mortals Who ...

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A Woman’s Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Woman’s Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

So vast the tide of Love within me surging, It overflows like some stupendous sea, The confines of the Present and To-be; And 'gainst the Past's high wall I feel it urging, As it ...

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Love’s Language by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love’s Language by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

How does Love speak? In the faint flush upon the tell-tale cheek, And in the pallor that succeeds it; byThe quivering lid of an averted eye –The smile that proves the parent to a ...

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A Leaf by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Leaf by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Somebody said, in the crowd, last eve, That you were married, or soon to be.I have not thought of you, I believe, Since last we parted. Let me see: Five long Summers have ...

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A Fatal Impress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Fatal Impress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A little leaf just in the forest's edge, All summer long, had listened to the wooingOf amorous brids that flew across the hedge, Singing their blithe sweet songs for her ...

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Mother’s Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Mother’s Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

If I could clasp my little babe Upon my breast to-night, I would not mind the blowing wind That shrieketh in affright.Oh, my lost babe! my little babe, My babe with dreamful ...

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A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

As we hurry away to the end, my friend, Of this sad little farce called existence, We are sure that the future will bring one thing, And that is the grave in the distance.And so ...

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A Maiden To Her Mirror by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Maiden To Her Mirror by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

He said he loved me! Then he called my hair Silk threads wherewith sly Cupid strings his bow, My cheek a rose leaf fallen on new snow; And swore my round, full throat would bring ...

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A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Let the old snow be covered with the new: The trampled snow, so soiled, and stained, and sodden. Let it be hidden wholly from our view By pure white flakes, all trackless and ...

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Life’s Harmonies by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Life’s Harmonies by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Let no man pray that he know not sorrow,Let no soul ask to be free from pain,For the gall of to-day is the sweet of to-morrow,And the moment's loss is the lifetime's gain.Through ...

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Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

After the fierce midsummer all ablaze Has burned itself to ashes, and expires In the intensity of its own fires, There come the mellow, mild, St. Martin daysCrowned with the calm ...

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Moon And Sea by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Moon And Sea by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You are the moon, dear love, and I the sea: The tide of hope swells high within my breast, And hides the rough dark rocks of life’s unrestWhen your fond eyes smile near in ...

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Advice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Advice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I must do as you do? Your way I own Is a very good way, and still, There are sometimes two straight roads to a town, One over, one under the hill.You are treading the safe and the ...

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A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

As I go and shop, sir! If a car I stop, sir! Where you chance to sit, And you want to read, sir! Never mind or heed, sir! I’ll not care a bit.For it’s now aestheticTo be quite ...

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Joy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Joy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

My heart is like a little bird That sits and sings for very gladness.Sorrow is some forgotten word, And so, except in rhyme, is sadness.The world is very fair to me – Such azure ...

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Which Are You? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Which Are You? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There are two kinds of people on earth to-day; Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.Not the sinner and saint, for it's well understood, The good are half bad, and the bad are ...

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Love Is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love Is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love is enough. Let us not ask for gold. Wealth breeds false aims, and pride and selfishness; In those serene, Arcadian days of old Men gave no thought to princely homes and ...

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I Am by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Am by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

AmI know not whence I came, I know not whither I go; But the fact stands clear that I am hereIn this world of pleasure and woe.And out of the mist and the murk Another truth ...

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Christmas Fancies by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Christmas Fancies by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago. And etched on vacant places, Are half forgotten facesOf friends ...

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An Inspiration by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

An Inspiration by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

However the battle is ended, Though proudly the victor comes With fluttering flags and prancing nags And echoing roll of drums. Still truth proclaims this motto, In letters of ...

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A Pin by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Pin by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Oh, I know a certain lady who is reckoned with the good, Yet she fills me with more terror than a raging lion would.The little chills run up and down my spine whene’er we meet, ...

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Are You Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Are You Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Are you loving enough? There is some one dear, Some one you hold as the dearest of all In the holiest shrine of your heart. Are you making it known? Is the truth of it clear To ...

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A Maiden’s Secret by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Maiden’s Secret by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I have written this day down in my heart As the sweetest day in the season; From all of the others I've set it apart--- But I will not tell you the reason, That is my secret---I ...

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Two Loves by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Two Loves by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The woman he loved, while he dreamed of her, Danced on till the stars grew dim, But alone with her heart, from the world apart Sat the woman who loved him.The woman he worshipped ...

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A Girl’s Autumn Reverie by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Girl’s Autumn Reverie by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We plucked a red rose, you and IAll in the summer weather;Sweet its perfume and rare its bloom,Enjoyed by us together.The rose is dead, the summer fled,And bleak winds are ...

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Poverty And Wealth by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Poverty And Wealth by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The stork flew over a town one day, And back of each wing an infant lay; One to a rich man’s home he brought, And one he left at a labourer’s cot.The rich man said, ‘My son shall ...

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Bird Of Hope by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Bird Of Hope by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Soar not too high, O bird of Hope! Because the skies are fair; The tempest may come on apace And overcome thee there.When far above the mountain tops Thou soarest, over all –If, ...

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Wishing by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Wishing by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Do you wish the world were better? Let me tell you what to do: Set a watch for your actions, Keep them always straight and true; Rid tour mind of selfish motives; Let your ...

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Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You call me an angel of love and of light, A being of goodness and heavenly fire, Sent out from God’s kingdom to guide you aright, In paths where your spirits may mount and ...

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