poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Solitude

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 life's gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003
Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (7/13/2020 4:55:00 PM)

    A timeless poem written by my favourite poetess.
    If it wasn't for this wonderful woman, poetess and great humanitarian I wouldn't be here.
    Ella Wheeler Wilcox is and always will be my greatest friend in time.
    Thank you dear Ella and God Bless you.

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    Ella Wheeler Wilcox poems, quotations and biography on Ella Wheeler Wilcox poet page. Read all poems of Ella Wheeler Wilcox and infos about Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

    . Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death.

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (10/5/2019 10:43:00 PM)

    I cite here the first two lines:
    Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone...............so true!
    The great poetess though she lived in another era, is still talking in the present language of our present society anno 2019. She spoke crystal clear and yet beautiful. I have again enjoyed very much in reading this lovely poem.

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (7/9/2019 5:42:00 PM)

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox is my favourite poet. Her imagery, flow, beat and pay-off are a joy to read. May God Bless and Keep you Ella.

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  • somedudeontheinternet (4/29/2019 10:13:00 AM)

    this is so emo honestly like wut the hey smh

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  • George Samuel Egba (3/11/2019 2:56:00 AM)

    How wonderful in your few lines here, you exposed the world dear friend.

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  • SavageBrandonRB (Roblox Username) (3/4/2019 9:08:00 PM)

    The electronic voice kills the beauty of this poem. I have to write an essay about this poem, and I read it in class. It sounds much better with a real person's voice than a robot. I think the PoemHunter website was too lazy to record somebody reading the poem. Or maybe nobody was alive except for the website creator.

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  • LordSmallDemort (2/5/2019 12:13:00 PM)

    It smells bad so I don't like it

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  • Beastkid (12/13/2018 7:20:00 PM)

    Otay😳😐😶

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  • Ritika GeorgeRitika George (11/13/2018 12:01:00 AM)

    Hard truth of life... Well written

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  • Let no one cry alone! ! ! ! (10/30/2018 3:32:00 PM)

    Look after one another!

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  • Patricia carrier (8/22/2018 4:04:00 PM)

    This is my very favourite poem. So true, I love poetry and this us special.

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  • MonsteR (8/1/2018 8:01:00 PM)

    MonsteR Want'S TO EaT YouR

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  • Sandra Feldman (5/19/2018 1:28:00 AM)

    WHAT A POEM!
    A whole book of Life and Philosophy.
    EXCELLENTLY WRITTEN!

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  • Sadik Al Amin (3/8/2018 11:47:00 PM)

    Fantastic

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  • IRVIN JOHNSON (1/27/2018 11:11:00 PM)

    Great poem very deep

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  • Rebecca Mattocks (1/10/2018 11:11:00 PM)

    This poem has been my favorite since I first heard it as a child. I will always love it.

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  • Alison MujatiAlison Mujati (12/30/2017 9:06:00 AM)

    Weep and weep alone, this poem captured my feelings.

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  • Isaac Trenholm (12/20/2017 9:39:00 PM)

    Excellent poem.

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (11/11/2017 3:08:00 PM)

    Laugh and world laughs with you. Solitude is enjoyed when we learn to laugh without world by our side. Enjoyed the poem very much.

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