poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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The Wish

Should some great angel say to me to-morrow,
“Thou must re-tread thy pathway from the start,
But God will grant, in pity, for thy sorrow,
Some one dear wish, the nearest to thy heart.’

This were my wish! from my life’s dim beginning
Let be what has been! wisdom planned the whole;
My want, my woe, my errors, and my sinning,
All, all were needed lessons for my soul.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 3, 2003

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (4/25/2020 6:02:00 AM)

    Such noble thoughts from such a noble woman.
    Trying so, so hard to make our world a better place.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (1/1/2017 1:49:00 PM)

    She is one brave individual- -brave and wise to know that our bad choices have helped build our souls just as much as the good choices.

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