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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. Four of these poems are
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
not be judged by her "temperance poetry", which were written in her
Ella's most recognized poem today is the one presented here,
"Solitude". The story is told that Wilcox was on a train when
she encountered a woman crying. She tried, but was unable to
console her. Later, she wrote this poem.
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Girl's Autumn Reverie
Glass Of Wine*
Tumbler Of Claret*
Of The Liquor Dealer*
Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919), American poet
and the world laughs with you;
and you weep alone;
the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
has trouble enough of its own.
and the hills will answer;
it is lost on the air;
echoes bound to a joyful sound,
shrink from voicing care.
and men will seek you;
and they turn and go;
want full measure of all your pleasure,
they do not need your woe.
glad, and your friends are many;
sad, and you lose them all,
are none to decline your nectared wine,
alone you must drink life's gall.
and your halls are crowded;
and the world goes by.
and give, and it helps you live,
no man can help you die.
is room in the halls of pleasure
a large and lordly train,
one by one we must all file on
the narrow aisles of pain.
from Poems Of
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