|The Rhyme Maker
Wheeler Wilcox was a very popular poet of her day. The poet
laureate of the Temperance Movement, her first book of poetry (as Ella
Wheeler, before her marriage) was published by The National Temperance
Movement and Publication House out of New York. Four of these
poems are posted here.*
Very much a
traditionalist in many ways, Mrs. Wilcox (she would have
deplored the "Ms" designation) is said to have mellowed in her later
years - like a fine wine! Indeed, her prowess as a poet should not be
judged by her "temperance
poetry", which were written in her early 20's. Her most
poem today is "Solitude" (see link below).
- S. H.
more Ella Wheeler Wilcox at
Girl's Autumn Reverie
Glass Of Wine*
Tumbler Of Claret*
Of The Liquor Dealer*
Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919), American poet
and my Soul are alone to-day,
in the shining weather;
were sick of the world, and put it away,
we could rejoice together.
host, the Sun, in the blue, blue sky
mixing a rare, sweet wine,
the burnished gold of this cup on high,
me, and this Soul of mine.
find it a safe and royal drink,
a cure for every pain;
helps us to love, and helps us to think,
strengthens body and brain.
sitting here, with my Soul alone,
the yellow sun-rays fall,
all the friends I have ever known
find it the BEST of all.
rarely meet when the world is near,
the World hath a pleasing art
brings me so much that is bright and dear
my Soul it keepeth apart.
when I grow weary of mirth and glee,
glitter, glow, and splendor,
a tried old friend it comes to me,
a smile that is sad and tender.
we walk together as two friends may,
laugh and drink God’s wine.
a royal comrade any day
find this Soul of mine.
Of Cheer (1914)
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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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