Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin
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Art And Heart

Rating: 2.9

Though critics may bow to art, and I am its own true lover,
It is not art, but heart, which wins the wide world over.
Though smooth be the heartless prayer, no ear in Heaven will mind it,
And the finest phrase falls dead if there is no feeling behind it.
Though perfect the player's touch, little, if any, he sways us,
Unless we feel his heart throb through the music he plays us.
Though the poet may spend his life in skilfully rounding a measure,
Unless he writes from a full, warm heart he gives us little pleasure.

So it is not the speech which tells, but the impulse which goes with the saying;

And it is not the words of the prayer, but the yearning back of the praying.
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Shaun Cronick 08 May 2020

Ella just try to reach out with an olive branch of sorts to her ceaseless harshest critics and to think before they write.

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* Sunprincess * 24 April 2016

.......heart wins the world over....wonderful poem ?

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