Ella Wheeler Wilcox
God's Work Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
To J. J. H., Of Kentucky
Gathering brands from the burning,
Plucking them out of the fire,
Lifting the sheep that have wandered,
Out of the dust and the mire,
Bringing home sheaves from the harvest
To lay at the Master's feet-
Lord! all thy hosts of angels
Must smile on a life so sweet.
Speaking with fear of no man,
Speaking with love for all,
Warning the young and the thoughtless
From the wild beast-'Alcohol.'
Showing the snares that the tempter
Weaveth on every hand.
Lord! all thy dear, dear angels
Must smile on a life so grand.
Fighting the bloodless battle
With a heart that is true and bold;
Fighting it not for glory,
Fighting it not for gold,
But out of love for his neighbor,
And out of love for his Lord.
And I know that the hands of the angels
Will crown him with his reward.
For whoso works for the Master,
And whoso fights his fight,
The angels crown with a star-wreath,
And it glows with gems most bright.
They wear them for ever and ever,
The saints in that land of bliss,
And I know that heaven's best jewel
Is kept for a soul like this.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox's Other Poems
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Comments about this poem (God's Work by Ella Wheeler Wilcox )
Still I Rise
The Road Not Taken
If You Forget Me
Edgar Allan Poe
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
A Dream Within A Dream
Edgar Allan Poe
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994)
(September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
(15 April 1958)
(August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971)
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
- Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
- Daffodils, William Wordsworth
- The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
- Blackberry-Picking, Seamus Heaney
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
- If, Rudyard Kipling
- Chicago Zen, A. K. Ramanujan
- Invictus, William Ernest Henley
- The Sea, James Reeves
- If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda