Poésies de Ella Wheeler Wilcox

usPoésie américaine


  • A Baby In The House

    I knew that a baby was hid in that house,
    Though I saw no cradle and heard no cry;

  • A Fallen Leaf

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

  • A Fatal Impress

    A little leaf just in the forest's edge,
    All summer long, had listened to the wooing

  • A Golden Day

    The subtle beauty of this day
    Hangs o'er me like a fairy spell,
    And care and grief have flown away,

  • A Grey Mood

    As we hurry away to the end, my friend,
    Of this sad little farce called existence,

  • A Holiday

    The Wife
    The house is like a garden,
    The children are the flowers,
    The gardener should come methinks
    And walk among his bowers,

  • A Leaf

    Somebody said, in the crowd, last eve,
    That you were married, or soon to be.
    I have not thought of you, I believe,

  • A Lovers' Quarrel

    We two were lovers, the Sea and I;
    We plighted our troth ?neath a summer sky.
    And all through the riotous ardent weather

  • A Maiden To Her Mirror

    He said he loved me! Then he called my hair
    Silk threads wherewith sly Cupid strings his bow,

  • 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---

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  • Be Not Weary

    Sometimes, when I am toil-worn and aweary,
    And tired out with working long and well,

  • Begin The Day

    Begin each morning with a talk to God,
    And ask for your divine inheritance
    Of usefulness, contentment, and success.

  • Beppo

    Why are thou sad, my Beppo?But last eve,
    Here at my feet, thy dear head on my breast,

  • Beyond

    It seemeth such a little way to me
    Across to that strange country ? the Beyond;
    And yet, not strange, for it has grown to be

  • Bird Of Hope

    Soar not too high,O bird of Hope!
    Because the skies are fair;
    The tempest may come on apace
    And overcome thee there.

  • Bohemia

    Bohemia, o'er thy unatlassed borders
    How many cross, with half-reluctant feet,
    And unformed fears of dangers and disorders,

  • By-And-Bye

    ?By-and-bye, ? the maiden sighed ? ?by-and-bye
    He will claim me for his bride,
    Hope is strong and time is fleet;


  • Carlos

    Last night I knelt low at my lady?s feet.
    One soft, caressing hand played with my hair,

  • Change

    Changed?Yes, I will confess it ? I have changed.
    I do not love you in the old fond way.

  • Christ Crucified

    Now ere I slept, my prayer had been that I might see my way
    To do the will of Christ, our Lord and Master, day by day;

  • Christmas Fancies

    When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow,
    We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago.

  • Coleur de Rose

    I want more lives in which to love
    This world so full of beauty,
    I want more days to use the ways
    I know of doing duty;

  • Communism

    When my blood flows calm as a purling river,
    When my heart is asleep and my brain has sway,

  • Completion

    When I shall meet God?s generous dispensers
    Of all the riches in the heavenly store,
    Those lesser gods, who act as Recompensers

  • Contentment

    If any line that I ever penned,
    Or any word I have spoken,
    Has comforted heart of foe or friend -

  • Contrasts

    I see the tall church steeples,
    They reach so far, so far,
    But the eyes of my heart see the world?s great mart,

  • Conversion

    When this world's pleasures for my soul sufficed,
    Ere my heart's plummet sounded depths of pain,

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  • Daft

    In the warm yellow smile of the morning,
    She stands at the lattice pane,
    And watches the strong young binders

  • Delilah

    In the midnight of darkness and terror,
    When I would grope nearer to God,
    With my back to a record of error

  • Denied

    The winds came out of the west one day,
    And hurried the clouds before them;
    And drove the shadows and mists away,

  • Desolation

    I think that the bitterest sorrow or pain
    Of love unrequited, or cold death?s woe,
    Is sweet, compared to that hour when we know

  • Does It Pay?

    If one poor burdened toiler o?er life?s road,
    Who meets us by the way,
    Goes on less conscious of his galling load,


  • Earthly Pride

    How baseless is the mightiest earthly pride,
    The diamond is but charcoal purified,


  • Fading

    All in the beautiful Autumn weather
    One thought lingers with me and stays;
    Death and winter are coming together,

  • Fading*

    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,

  • Fame

    If I should die, to-day,
    To-morrow, maybe, the world would see
    Would waken from sleep, and say,

  • Father

    He never made a fortune, or a noise
    In the world where men are seeking after fame;
    But he had a healthy brood of girls and boys

  • Finis

    An idle rhyme of the summer time,
    Sweet, and solemn, and tender;
    Fair with the haze of the moon's pale rays,

  • Fleeing Away

    My thoughts soar not as they ought to soar,
    Higher and higher on soul-lent wings;
    But ever and often and more and more

  • Foes

    Thank Fate for foes! I hold mine dear
    As valued friends. He cannot know
    The zest of life who runneth here

  • Friendship After Love

    After the fierce midsummer all ablaze
    Has burned itself to ashes, and expires
    In the intensity of its own fires,


  • Go Plant a Tree

    God, what a joy it is to plant a tree,
    And from the sallow earth to watch it rise,
    Lifting its emerald branches to the skies

  • Going Away

    Walking to-day on the Common,
    I heard a stranger say
    To a friend who was standing near him,
    'Do you know I am going away? '


  • Here And Now

    Here, in the heart of the world,
    Here, in the noise and the din,
    Here, where our spirits were hurled

  • High Noon

    Time?s finger on the dial of my life
    Points to high noon! And yet the half-spent day


  • "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."

  • I Am

    I know not whence I came,
    I know not whither I go;
    But the fact stands clear that I am here

  • I Love You

    I love your lips when they're wet with wine
    And red with a wild desire;
    I love your eyes when the lovelight lies

  • I Told You

    I told you the winter would go, love,
    I told you the winter would go,
    That he'd flee in shame when the south wind came,

  • I Will Be Worthy Of It

    I may not reach the heights I seek,
    My untried strength may fail me;
    Or, halfway up the mountain peak

  • Idler's Song

    I sit in the twilight dim
    At the close of an idle day,
    And I list to the soft sweet hymn,
    That rises far away,

  • If

    Dear love, if you and I could sail away,
    With snowy pennons to the wind unfurled,
    Across the waters of some unknown bay,

  • Impatience

    How can I wait until you come to me?
    The once fleet mornings linger by the way;
    Their sunny smiles touched with malicious glee

  • In Faith

    When the soft sweet wind o' the south went by,
    I dwelt in the light of a dark brown eye;
    And out where the robin sang his song,

  • In The Garden

    One moment alone in the garden,
    Under the August skies;
    The moon had gone but the stars shone on, -

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  • Joy

    My heart is like a little bird
    That sits and sings for very gladness.
    Sorrow is some forgotten word,


  • Kingdom of Love

    In the dawn of the day when the sea and the earth
    Reflected the sunrise above,


  • Last Love

    The first flower of the spring is not so fair
    Or bright, as one the ripe midsummer brings.

  • 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,

  • Leudeman's-on-the-River

    Toward even when the day leans down,
    To kiss the upturned face of night,
    Out just beyond the loud-voiced town

  • Life

    All in the dark we grope along,
    And if we go amiss
    We learn at least which path is wrong,
    And there is gain in this.

  • Life Is A Privilege

    Life is a privilege. Its youthful days
    Shine with the radiance of continuous Mays.
    To live, to breathe, to wonder and desire,

  • Life's Harmonies

    Let no man pray that he know not sorrow,
    Let no soul ask to be free from pain,

  • Life's Scars

    They say the world is round, and yet
    I often think it square,
    So many little hurts we get
    From corners here and there.

  • Limitless

    There is nothing, I hold, in the way of work
    That a human being may not achieve
    If he does not falter, or shrink, or shirk,

  • Lines from

    I'd rather have my verses win
    A place in common people's hearts,
    Who, toiling through the strife and din

  • Listen!

    Whoever you are as you read this,
    Whatever your trouble or grief,
    I want you to know and to heed this:

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  • Momus, God Of Laughter

    Though with gods the world is cumbered,
    Gods unnamed, and gods unnumbered,
    Never god was known to be
    Who had not his devotee.

  • Moon And Sea

    You are the moon, dear love, and I the sea:
    The tide of hope swells high within my breast,

  • Morning Prayer

    Let me to-day do something that shall take
    A little sadness from the world?s vast store,
    And may I be so favoured as to make

  • Mother's Loss

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

  • Music In The Flat

    When Tom and I were married, we took a little flat;
    I had a taste for singing and playing and all that.

  • My Comrade

    Out from my window westward
    I turn full oft my face;
    But the mountains rebuke the vision
    That would encompass space;

  • My Home

    This is the place that I love the best,
    A little brown house, like a ground-bird's nest,

  • My Ships

    If all the ships I have at sea
    Should come a-sailing home to me,
    From sunny lands, and lands of cold,

  • My Vision

    Wherever my feet may wander
    Wherever I chance to be,
    There comes, with the coming of even' time
    A vision sweet to me.


  • New And Old

    I and new love, in all its living bloom,
    Sat vis-à-vis, while tender twilight hours
    Went softly by us, treading as on flowers.

  • Noblesse Oblige

    I hold it the duty of one who is gifted
    And specially dowered I all men?s sight,
    To know no rest till his life is lifted

  • Not Quite The Same

    Not quite the same the springtime seems to me,
    Since that sad season when in separate ways


  • Old And New

    Long have the poets vaunted, in their lays,
    Old times, old loves, old friendships, and old wine

  • Old Times

    Friend of my youth, let us talk of old times;
    Of the long lost golden hours.
    When "Winter" meant only Christmas chimes,

  • One Of Us Two

    The day will dawn when one of us shall hearken
    In vain to hear a voice that has grown dumb.

  • Only A Slight Flirtation

    ?Twas just a slight flirtation,
    And where?s the harm, I pray,
    In that amusing pastime
    So much in vogue to-day?

  • Only Dreams

    A maiden sat in teh sunset glow
    Of the shadowy, beautiful Long Ago,
    That we see through a mist of tears.

  • Our Blessings

    Sitting to-day in the sunshine,
    That touched me with fingers of love,
    I thought of the manifold blessings

  • Over The Alley

    Here in my office I sit and write
    Hour on hour, and day on day,
    With no one to speak to from morn till night,

  • Over the Banisters

    Over the banisters bends a face,
    Daringly sweet and beguiling.
    Somebody stands in careless grace,


  • Pardoned Out

    I?m pardoned out.Again the stars
    Shine on me with their myriad eyes.
    So long I?ve peered ?twixt iron bars,

  • Penalty

    Because of the fullness of what I had,
    All that I have seems poor and vain.
    If I had not been happy, I were not sad--

  • Perished

    I called to the summer sun,
    ?Come over the hills to-day!
    Unlock the rivers, and tell them to run,

  • Philosophy

    At morn the wise man walked abroad,
    Proud with the learning of great fools.
    He laughed and said, ?There is no God ?

  • Platonic

    I knew it the first of the summer,
    I knew it the same at the end,
    That you and your love were plighted,

  • Possession

    That which we had we still possess,
    Though leaves may drop and stars may fall;
    No circumstance can make it less

  • Poverty And Wealth

    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,

  • 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,

  • Preparation

    We must not force events, but rather make
    The heart soil ready for their coming, as

  • Presumption

    Whenever I am prone to doubt or wonder -
    I check myself, and say, 'That mighty One
    Who made the solar system cannot blunder -

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  • Realisation

    Hers was a lonely, shadowed lot;
    Or so the unperceiving thought,
    Who looked no deeper than her face,

  • Recompense

    Straight through my heart this fact to-day,
    By Truth?s own hand is driven:
    God never takes one thing away,

  • Refuted

    ?Anticipation is sweeter than realisation.?
    It may be, yet I have not found it so.
    In those first golden dreams of future fame

  • Resolve

    Build on resolve, and not upon regret,
    The structure of thy future.Do not grope
    Among the shadows of old sins, but let

  • 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

  • River And Sea

    Under the light of the silver moon
    We two sat, when our hearts were young;
    The night was warm with the breath of June,


  • Searching

    These quiet Autumn days,
    My soul, like Noah's dove, on airy wings
    Goes out and searches for the hidden things

  • Sestina

    I wandered o'er the vast green plains of youth,
    And searched for Pleasure. On a distant height

  • Settle The Question Right

    However the battle is ended,
    Though proudly the victor comes,
    With flaunting flags and neighing nags
    And echoing roll of drums;

  • Sing To Me

    Sing to me! Something of sunlight and bloom,
    I am so compassed with sorrow and gloom,

  • Smiles

    Smile a little, smile a little,
    As you go along,
    Not alone when life is pleasant,
    But when things go wrong.

  • Smoke

    Last summer, lazing by the sea,
    I met a most entrancing creature,
    Her black eyes quite bewildered me---

  • 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

  • Solitude

    Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone.
    For the sad old earth must borrow it's mirth,

  • Song Of The Spirit

    Too sweet and too subtle for pen or for tongue
    In phrases unwritten and measures unsung,

  • Sorrow's Uses

    The uses of sorrow I comprehend
    Better and better at each year?s end.
    Deeper and deeper I seem to see

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  • Thanksgiving

    We walk on starry fields of white
    And do not see the daisies;
    For blessings common in our sight
    We rarely offer praises.

  • The Actor

    O man, with your wonderful dower,
    O woman, with genius and grace,
    You can teach the whole world with your power,

  • The Beautiful Blue Danube

    They drift down the hall together;
    He smiles in her lifted eyes.
    Like waves of that mighty river

  • The Beautiful Land Of Nod

    Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear,
    Your head like the golden-rod,
    And we will go sailing away from here

  • The Belle's Soliloquy

    Heigh Ho! Well, the season?s over!
    Once again we?ve come to Lent!
    Programme?s changes from balls and parties ?

  • The Birth Of The Opal

    The Sunbeam loved the Moonbeam,
    And followed her low and high,
    But Moonbeam fled and hid her head,
    She was so shy ? so shy.

  • The Change

    She leaned out into the soft June weather,
    With her long loose tresses the night breeze played;

  • The Christian’s New Year Prayer

    Thou Christ of mine, Thy gracious ear low bending
    Through these glad New Year days,

  • The Common Lot

    It is a common fate ? a woman?s lot ?
    To waste on one the riches of her soul,
    Who takes the wealth she gives him, but cannot

  • The Creed To Be

    Our thoughts are molding unmade spheres,
    And, like a blessing or a curse,
    They thunder down the formless years,

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  • Which are You?

    There are two kinds of people on earth to-day;
    Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.

  • Wishing

    Do you wish the world were better?
    Let me tell you what to do:
    Set a watch for your actions,

  • Woman

    Give us that grand word ?woman? once again,
    And let?s have done with ?lady?: one?s a term

  • Woman And War

    We women teach our little sons how wrong
    And how ignoble blows are; school and church
    Support our precepts and inoculate

  • Womanhood

    She must be honest, both in thought and deed,
    Of generous impulse, and above all greed;

  • Worldly Wisdom

    If it were in my dead Past?s power
    To let my Present bask
    In some lost pleasure for an hour,
    This is the boon I?d ask:

  • Worth While

    It is easy enough to be pleasant,
    When life flows by like a song,
    But the man worth while is one who will smile,


  • 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,

  • You Will Forget Me

    You will forget me. The years are so tender,
    They bind up the wounds which we think are so deep,