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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
that man who tells you to distrust;
takes the measure of his own small soul,
thinks the world no larger. He who prates
human nature's baseness and deceit
in the mirror of his heart, and sees
kind therein reflected. Or perchance
honeyed wine of life was turned to gall
sorrow s hand, which brimmed his cup with tears,
made all things seem bitter to his taste.
him compassion ! But be not afraid
nectared Love, or Friendship s strengthening
think a poison underlies their sweets.
through true eyes you will discover truth;
suspicion, and doubt only doubt.
from Poems of
FREE E-Books at Project Gutenberg
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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