Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poems
Tis The Set Of The Sail -- Or -- One Ship Sails East
But to every mind there openeth,
A way, and way, and away,A high soul climbs the highway,
Lay It Away
We will lay our summer away, my friend,
So tenderly lay it away.It was bright and sweet to the very end,
How can I wait until you come to me?
The once fleet mornings linger by the way; Their sunny smiles touched with malicious glee
The Deadliest Sin
There are not many sins when once we sift them.
In actions of evolving human soulsStriving to reach high goals
The meadow larkâ??s trill and the brown thrushâ??s whistle
From morning to evening fill all the sweet air, And my heart is as light as the down of a thistle â??
The Lady And The Dame
So thou hast the art, good dame, thou swearest,
To keep Time's perishing touch at bayFrom the roseate splendor of the cheek so tender,
At The Hop
â??Tis time to dress. Dost hear the music surging
Like sobbing waves that roll up from the sea? Yes, yes, I hear â?? I yield â?? no need of urging;
Origin Of The Liquor Dealer
The devil in hell gave a festival,
And he called his imps from their wine-Called them up from the ruddy cup,
With care, and skill, and cunning art
She parried Time's malicious dart,And kept the years at bay,
I Shall Not Forget
I shall not forget you. The years may be tender,
But vain are their efforts to soften my smart;And the strong hands of Time are too feeble and slender
O man, with your wonderful dower,
O woman, with genius and grace, You can teach the whole world with your power,
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
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
The Phantom Ball
You remember the hall on the corner?
To-night as I walked down streetI heard the sound of music,
(Suggested by the lives of Napoleon and Josephine.)
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,
'Little kids,' you call us
As we are at play.You were little children
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,
One Woman's History
'The maiden free, the maiden wed.
Can never, never be the same,A new life springs from out the dead.
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.
My heart is like a little bird
That sits and sings for very gladness.Sorrow is some forgotten word,
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,
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,
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 Two Ships
On the sea of life they floated,
Brothers twain in manhood's pride,And the good ship 'Temperance' bore them,
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;
This is the world's stupendous hour-
The supreme moment for the raceTo see the emptiness of power,
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,
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,
In his great cushioned chair by the fender
An old man sits dreaming to-night,His withered hands, licked by the tender,
The Little Bird
The father sits in his lonely room,
Outside sings a little bird.But the shadows are laden with death and gloom,
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 King Of Candyland
Have you heard of the king of Candy land?
Well, listen while I sing,He has pages on every hand,
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 Birth Of The Opal
The Sunbeam loved the Moonbeam,
And followed her low and high, But Moonbeam fled and hid her head,
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,
l, as my Angler wishes,
While he dips his line in the ocean brine,Under the impression that his bait will catch the fishes.
At Set Of Sun
If we sit down at set of sun,
And count the things that we have done,And counting, find
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---
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
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
There is a courage, a majestic thing
If I could clasp my little babe
Upon my breast to-night, I would not mind the blowing wind
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;
A Fallen Leaf
A trusting little leaf of green,
A bold audacious frost; A rendezvous, a kiss or two,
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,
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,
Just when all hope had perished in my soul,
And balked desire made havoc with my mind, My cruel Ladye suddenly grew kind,
Columbia, fair queen in your glory!
Columbia, the pride of the earth! We crown you with song- wreath and story;
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,
Total 702 poems written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Poem of the day
by Robert William Service
Some inherit manly beauty,
Some come into worldly wealth;
Some have lofty sense of duty,
Others boast exultant health.
Though the pick may be confusing,
Health, wealth, charm or character,
If you had the chance of choosing
Which would you prefer?
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