Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poems
- 451. An Inspiration
However the battle is ended,
Though proudly the victor comes
With fluttering flags and prancing nags
- 452. One By One
Little by little and one by one,
Out of the ether, were worlds created;
Star and planet and sea and sun,
- 453. Passing The Buck
Whatever the task that comes your way,
Just take it as part of your luck.
Look it right square in the eyes, and say,
- 454. That's The Way
Just a little every day-
That's the way!
Seeds in darkness swell and grow,
- 455. Under The Sheet
What a terrible night! Does the Night, I wonder-
The Night, with her black veil down to her feet
Like an ordained nun, know what lies under
- 456. 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 it be ere the names are forgotten
- 457. How Salvator Won
The gate was thrown open, I rode out alone,
More proud than a monarch who sits on a throne.
I am but a jockey, yet shout upon shout
- 458. Noblesse Oblige
I hold it the duty of one who is gifted
And specially dowered I all menâ??s sight,
To know no rest till his life is lifted
- 459. The Hammock's Complaint
Who thinks how desolate and strange
To me must seem the autumn's change,
When housed in attic or in chest,
- 460. The Common Lot
It is a common fate â?? a womanâ??s lot â??
To waste on one the riches of her soul,
Who takes the wealth she gives him, but cannot
- 461. 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 beasts hide,
- 462. 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 the thornless rose in its beauty blows
- 463. The Island Of Endless Play
Said Willie to Tom 'Let us hie away
To the wonderful Island of Endless Play.
- 464. Only A Slight Flirtation
â??Twas just a slight flirtation,
And whereâ??s the harm, I pray,
In that amusing pastime
- 465. "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."
No fate can keep us from the chosen way;
- 466. An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
As when the old moon lighted by the tender
And radiant crescent of the new is seen,
And for a moment's space suggests the splendor
- 467. Life's Scars
They say the world is round, and yet
I often think it square,
So many little hurts we get
- 468. A Tumbler Of Claret
I poured out a tumbler of Claret,
Of course with intention to drink,
And, holding it up in the sunlight,
- 469. Tired
I am tired to-night, and something,
The wind maybe, or the rain,
Or the cry of a bird in the copse outside,
- 470. Introductory Verses
Oh, you who read some song that I have sung â??
What know you of the soul from whence it sprung?
- 471. He That Hath Ears
'He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.'-
- 472. 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 defame her
- 473. 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 bear,
- 474. The London 'Bobby'
A Tribute To The Policemen Of Englands Capital
Here in my cosy corner,
- 475. The Coming Man
Oh, not for the great departed,
Who formed our country's laws,
And not for the bravest-hearted
- 476. Only A Simple Rhyme
Only a simple rhyme of love and sorrow,
Where 'blisses' rhymed with 'kisses,' 'heart,' with 'dart:'
- 477. When I Am Dead
When I am dead, if some chastened one
Seeing the 'item, ' or hearing it said
That my play is over and my part done
- 478. The World's Need
So many gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind,
- 479. Shovel And Tongs
The Poker proposed to the shovel
That they should be man and wife,
'I think,' said he, 'that we could agree
- 480. Sounds From The Baseball Field
Batter in the home place,
That was nobly done;
Try and get the first base-
- 481. Through The Valley
(After James Thomson)
As I came through the Valley of Despair,
As I came through the valley, onmy sight,
- 482. Song Of The Aviator
You may thrill with the speed of your thoroughbred steed,
You may laugh with delight as you ride the ocean,
You may rush afar in your touring car,
- 483. Custer: Book Second
Oh, for the power to call to aid, of mine
- 484. The Song Of The Allies
We are the Allies of God to-day,
And the width of the earth is our right of way.
Let no man question or ask us why,
- 485. 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 any crime
- 486. Wishing -- Or Fate And I
Wise men tell me thou, O Fate,
Art invincible and great.
Well, I own thy prowess; still
- 487. The Wheel Of The Breast
Through rivers of veins on the nameless quest
The tide of my life goes hurriedly sweeping,
Till it reaches that curious wheel o' the breast,
- 488. A Lovers' Quarrel
We two were lovers, the Sea and I;
We plighted our troth â??neath a summer sky.
- 489. Two Loves
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
- 490. At An Old Drawer
Before this scarf was faded,
What hours of mirth it knew;
How gayly it paraded
- 491. Wishing
Do you wish the world were better?
Let me tell you what to do:
Set a watch for your actions,
- 492. The Tendril's Faith
Under the snow in the dark and the cold,
A pale little sprout was humming;
Sweetly it sang, â??neath the frozen mold,
- 493. I, Too
I saw fond lovers in that glow
That oft-times fades away too soon:
I saw and said, 'Their joy I know-
- 494. You Never Can Tell
You never can tell when you send a word,
Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind,
- 495. The Brewer's Dog
The brewer's dog is abroad, boys,
Be careful where you stray,
His teeth are coated with poison,
- 496. Not Quite The Same
Not quite the same the springtime seems to me,
Since that sad season when in separate ways
Our paths diverged. There are no more such days
- 497. Going Away
Walking to-day on the Common,
I heard a stranger say
To a friend who was standing near him,
- 498. Begin The Day
Begin each morning with a talk to God,
And ask for your divine inheritance
Of usefulness, contentment, and success.
- 499. Work For Woman
Woman, sitting at your ease,
In the midst of luxuries,
Bound by chains of selfishness,
- 500. What Shall We Do?
Here now, for evermore, our lives must part.
My path leads there, and yours another way.
What shall we do with this fond love, dear heart?
Total 702 poems written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Poem of the day
Laughing And Sneering
by Henry Lawson
WHAT tho' the world does me ill turns
And cares my life environ;
I'd sooner laugh with Bobbie Burns
Than sneer with titl'd Byron.
The smile has always been the best;
'Tis stronger than the frown, sirs:
And Venus smiled the waves to rest;
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