Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poems
- Solitude Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and ...
- "It Might Have Been" We will be what we could be. Do not say,...
- A Fallen Leaf A trusting little leaf of green, A bold ...
- A Golden Day The subtle beauty of this day Hangs o'er me ...
- A Lovers' Quarrel We two were lovers, the Sea and I; We ...
- A March Snow Let the old snow be covered with the new: The ...
- A Holiday The Wife The house is like a garden, The ...
Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was " Solitude", which contains the lines: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone". Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death.
Ella Wheeler was born in 1850 on a farm in Johnstown, Wisconsin, east of Janesville, the youngest of four children. The family soon moved north of Madison. She started writing poetry at a very early age, and was well known as a poet in her own state by the time she graduated from high school.
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Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink...