poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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As You Go Through Life

Don’t look for the flaws as you go through life;
And even when you find them,
It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind
And look for the virtue behind them.
For the cloudiest night has a hint of light
Somewhere in its shadows hiding;
It is better by far to hunt for a star,
Than the spots on the sun abiding.

The current of life runs ever away
To the bosom of God’s great ocean.
Don’t set your force ‘gainst the river’s course
And think to alter its motion.
Don’t waste a curse on the universe –
Remember it lived before you.
Don’t butt at the storm with your puny form,
But bend and let it go o’er you.

The world will never adjust itself
To suit your whims to the letter.
Some things must go wrong your whole life long,
And the sooner you know it the better.
It is folly to fight with the Infinite,
And go under at last in the wrestle;
The wiser man shapes into God’s plan
As water shapes into a vessel.

Poem Submitted: Monday, May 26, 2003

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (5/8/2020 4:33:00 PM)

    A poem made to last this is so timeless with a superb message.

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (1/23/2020 5:45:00 PM)

    Beautiful and timeless.
    Some poems are made to last.
    What more can one say?

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  • Denny747 (5/29/2019 2:27:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem; ...'As water shapes into a vessel.'

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  • T Johnson (3/14/2019 1:02:00 PM)

    Love the words to this poem I had my 11 year old daughter read it at my grandmother 90th birthday

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  • Savita Tyagi (11/11/2017 2:41:00 PM)

    Eternal wisdom flows here in these wonderful lines.

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/24/2016 8:42:00 PM)

    .....wonderful poem, some rain must fall in everyone's life ★

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/12/2014 8:03:00 PM)

    good advice as you go through life..love this poem a ten and sharing on Facebook..adding to my favorite poems list..

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