Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poems

  • 251.  
    O mother who sips sweetened liquors!
    Look down at the child on your breast;Think, think of the rough path before him,
  • 252.  
    As the ambitious sculptor, tireless, lifts
    Chisel and hammer to the block at hand,Before my half-formed character I stand
  • 253.  
    â??Anticipation is sweeter than realisation.â??

  • 254.  
    The stork flew over a town one day,
    And back of each wing an infant lay; One to a rich manâ??s home he brought,
  • 255.  
    As I go and shop, sir!
    If a car I stop, sir! Where you chance to sit,
  • 256.  
    I think I hear the sound of horses' feet
    Beating upon the graveled avenue.Go to the window that looks on the street,
  • 257.  
    Wherefore in dreams are sorrows born anew,
    A healed wound opened, or the past revived? Last night in my deep sleep I dreamed of you â??
  • 258.  
    Veils, everywhere float veils; veils long and black,
    Framing white faces, oft-times young and fair,But, like a rose touched by untimely frost,
  • 259.  
    Once over the ocean in distant lands,
    In an age long past, were two hostile bands-Two armies of men, both brave, both strong,
  • 260.  
    For many long uninterrupted years
    She was the friend and confidant of Art; They walked together, heart communed with heart
  • 261.  
    I saw a Christian, a temperance man,
    Casting his ballot one day at the polls:One who believes he does what he can
  • 262.  
    The man of God stands, on the Sabbath-day,
    Warning the sinners from the broad highwayThat leads to death. He rolls his pious eye,
  • 263.  
    She sits beside the window. All who pass
    Turn once again to gaze on her sweet face.She is so fair; but soon, too soon, alas,
  • 264.  
    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,
  • 265.  
    One night Nurse Sleep held out her hand
    To tired little May.'Come, go with me to Wonderland,'
  • 266.  
    When from dawn till noon seems one long day,
    And from noon till night another,Oh, then should a little boy come from play,
  • 267.  
    'Tis not the untried soldier new to danger
    Who fears to enter into active strife.Amidst the roll of drums, the cannon's rattle,
  • 268.  
    I sit in the twilight dim
    At the close of an idle day, And I list to the soft sweet hymn,
  • 269.  
    Sirs, when you pity us, I say
    You waste your pity. Let it stay, Well corked and stored upon your shelves,
  • 270.  
    Every morning, as I walk down
    From my dreary lodgings, toward the town, I see at a window, near the street,
  • 271.  

  • 272.  
    Oh! it is not just the men who face the guns,
    Not the fighters at the Front alone, to-dayWho will bring the longed-for close to the bloody fray, for those
  • 273.  
    I'd rather have my verses win
    A place in common people's hearts, Who, toiling through the strife and din
  • 274.  
    I am troubled to-night with a curious pain;

  • 275.  
    Our lives are songs. God writes the words,
    And we set them to music at pleasure;And the song grows glad, or sweet, or sad,
  • 276.  
    I will paint you a sign, rumseller,
    And hang it above your door;A truer and better signboard
  • 277.  
    Build on resolve, and not upon regret,
    The structure of thy future. Do not gropeAmong the shadows of old sins, but let
  • 278.  
    Why do we grudge our sweets so to the living
    Who, God knows, find at best too much of gall,And then with generous, open hands kneel, giving
  • 279.  

  • 280.  
    The fields were bleak and sodden. Not a wing
    Or note enlivened the depressing wood, A soiled and sullen, stubborn snowdrift stood
  • 281.  
    The beautiful and slender young New Moon,
    In trailing robes of pink and palest blue, Swept close to Venus, and breathed low: 'A boon,
  • 282.  
    Long have I searched, Cathedral shrine, and hall,
    To find a symbol, from the hand of art,That gave the full expression (not a part)
  • 283.  
    In the face of the sun are great thunderbolts hurled,
    And the storm-clouds have shut out its light;But a Rainbow of Promise now shines on the world,
  • 284.  
    Don't bring into the lodge-room
    Anger, and spite, and pride.Drop at the gate of the temple
  • 285.  
    How does Love speak?
    In the faint flush upon the tell-tale cheek, And in the pallor that succeeds it; by
  • 286.  
    Sometimes, when I am toil-worn and aweary,
    And tired out with working long and well, And earth is dark, and skies above are dreary,
  • 287.  
    'Black sheep, black sheep, have you any wool?'
    'Yes, sir-yes, sir: three bags full.'
  • 288.  
    How baseless is the mightiest earthly pride,
    The diamond is but charcoal purified, The lordliest pearl that decks a monarchâ??s breast
  • 289.  
    When love is lost, the day sets towards the night,
    Albeit the morning sun may still be bright,And not one cloud-ship sails across the sky.
  • 290.  
    The winds came out of the west one day,
    And hurried the clouds before them; And drove the shadows and mists away,
  • 291.  
    Well, how has it been with you since we met
    That last strange time of a hundred times?When we met to swear that we could forgetâ??
  • 292.  
    Immortal life is something to be earned,
    By slow, self-conquest, comradeship with pain,And patient seeking after higher truths.
  • 293.  
    When you go away, my friend,
    When you say your last good-bye, Then the summer time will end,
  • 294.  
    Somewhere I've read a thoughtful mind's reflection:
    'All perfect things are three-fold'; and I knowOur love has the rare symbol of perfection;
  • 295.  
    In the dark night, from sweet refreshing sleep

  • 296.  
    Some day, when the golden glory
    Of June is over the earth, And the birds are singing together
  • 297.  
    I'm sick of 'musn'ts,' said Dorothy D.
    Sick of musn'ts, as I can be.From early dawn till the close of day
  • 298.  
    The pessimist locust, last to leaf,
    Though all the world is glad, still talks of grief.
  • 299.  
    There is a certain castle that is beautiful and fair,
    And plants, and birds, and pretty things, fill every room and hall,But alas! for the unhappy folks who make their dwelling there,
  • 300.  
    I know it is early morning,
    And hope is calling aloud, And your heart is afire with Youthâ??s desire
Total 702 poems written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Union Square
 by Sara Teasdale

With the man I love who loves me not,
I walked in the street-lamps' flare;
We watched the world go home that night
In a flood through Union Square.

I leaned to catch the words he said
That were light as a snowflake falling;
Ah well that he never leaned to hear

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