As You Go Through Life Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

As You Go Through Life

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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.


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

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* Sunprincess * 24 April 2016

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

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Savita Tyagi 11 November 2017

Eternal wisdom flows here in these wonderful lines.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 17 February 2022

A powerful and beautiful poem full of wisdom and insight. A great advice as we go through life's journey.

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Shaun Cronick 08 May 2020

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

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Shaun Cronick 23 January 2020

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

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Denny747 29 May 2019

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

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T Johnson 14 March 2019

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

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin
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