Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poems
My Friend When first I looked upon the face of Pain
I shrank repelled, as one shrinks from a foeWho stands with dagger poised, as for a blow.
Presumption Whenever I am prone to doubt or wonder -
I check myself, and say, 'That mighty OneWho made the solar system cannot blunder -
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,
Change Changed? Yes, I will confess it â?? I have changed.
I do not love you in the old fond way.I am your friend still â?? time has not estranged
So Long In Coming When shall I hear the thrushes sing,
And see their graceful, round throats swelling? When shall I watch the bluebirds bring
What Would It Be? Now what were the words of Jesus,
And what would He pause and say,If we were to meet in home or street,
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 vacant places,
Certitude There was a time when I was confident
That God's stupendous mystery of birthWas mine to know. The wonder of it lent
A Glass Of Wine 'What's in a glass of wine?'
There, set the glass where I can look within.Now listen to me, friend, while I begin
A Holiday The Wife
The house is like a garden, The children are the flowers,
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 a stealthy tread,
Independence Ode Columbia, fair queen in your glory!
Columbia, the pride of the earth! We crown you with song- wreath and story;
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,
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 words that fell down like a warning,
The Masquerade Look in the eyes of trouble with a smile,
Extend your hand and do not be afraid. â??Tis but a friend who comes to masquerade,
A Fallen Leaf A trusting little leaf of green,
A bold audacious frost; A rendezvous, a kiss or two,
Wild Oats I saw a fair youth, with a brow broad and white,
And an eye that was beaming with intellect's light:And his face seemed to glow with the wealth of his mind;
Mother's Loss If I could clasp my little babe
Upon my breast to-night, I would not mind the blowing wind
Courage There is a courage, a majestic thing
A Burial Today I had a burial of my dead.
There was no shroud, no coffin, and no pall, No prayers were uttered and no tears were shed
Kingdom Of Love In the dawn of the day when the sea and the earth
Reflected the sunrise above,I set forth with a heart full of courage and mirth
A Maiden's Secret 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---
At Set Of Sun If we sit down at set of sun,
And count the things that we have done,And counting, find
Fishing l, as my Angler wishes,
While he dips his line in the ocean brine,Under the impression that his bait will catch the fishes.
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 callerâ??s will,
The Birth Of The Opal The Sunbeam loved the Moonbeam,
And followed her low and high, But Moonbeam fled and hid her head,
Only A Sad Mistake Only a blunder-a sad mistake;
All my own fault and mine alone.The saddest error a heart can make;
The King Of Candyland Have you heard of the king of Candy land?
Well, listen while I sing,He has pages on every hand,
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; and seem
The Little Bird The father sits in his lonely room,
Outside sings a little bird.But the shadows are laden with death and gloom,
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,
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 a well-trimmed boat,
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 light,
The Hour This is the world's stupendous hour-
The supreme moment for the raceTo see the emptiness of power,
Show Me The Way Show me the way that leads to the true life.
I do not care what tempests may assail me,I shall be given courage for the strife;
The Two Ships On the sea of life they floated,
Brothers twain in manhood's pride,And the good ship 'Temperance' bore them,
Love Much Love much. Earth has enough of bitter in it.
Cast sweets into its cup wheneâ??er you can.No heart so hard, but love at last may win it.
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 country, through town,
A Fatal Impress A little leaf just in the forest's edge,
All summer long, had listened to the wooingOf amorous brids that flew across the hedge,
Joy My heart is like a little bird
That sits and sings for very gladness.Sorrow is some forgotten word,
Life's Lesson Book Life is a ponderous lesson-book, and Fate
The teacher. When I came to love's fair leafMy teacher turned the page and bade me wait.
One Woman's History 'The maiden free, the maiden wed.
Can never, never be the same,A new life springs from out the dead.
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 will bring one thing,
Little Kids 'Little kids,' you call us
As we are at play.You were little children
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 motion, o'er Sleep's fairy ocean,
Two Nights (Suggested by the lives of Napoleon and Josephine.)
The Phantom Ball You remember the hall on the corner?
To-night as I walked down streetI heard the sound of music,
A Man's Repentance To-night when I came from the club at eleven,
Under the gaslight I saw a face-A woman's face! and I swear to heaven
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 no fears
The Actor O man, with your wonderful dower,
O woman, with genius and grace, You can teach the whole world with your power,
Total 710 poems written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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In Progress by Christina Rossetti
Ten years ago it seemed impossible
That she should ever grow so calm as this,
With self-remembrance in her warmest kiss
And dim dried eyes like an exhausted well.
Slow-speaking when she has some fact to tell,
Silent with long-unbroken silences,
Centred in self yet not unpleased to please,
Gravely monotonous like a passing bell.
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