Ella Wheeler Wilcox

(5 November 1850 - 30 October 1919 / Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin)

Whatever Is - Is Best - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I know as my life grows older,
And mine eyes have clearer sight,
That under each rank of wrong, somewhere
There lies the root of right;
That each sorrow has its purpose,
By the sorrowing oft unguessed,
But as sure as the sun brings morning,
Whatever is – is best.

I know that each sinful action,
As sure as the night brings shade,
Is somewhere, sometime punished,
Though the hour be long delayed.
I know that the soul is sided
Sometimes by the heart’s unrest,
And to grow means often to suffer –
But whatever is – is best.

I know there are no errors
In the great Eternal plan,
And all things work together
For the final good of man.
And I know as my soul speeds onward,
In its grand Eternal quest,
I shall say as I look back earthward,
Whatever is – is best.

Comments about Whatever Is - Is Best by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Elisabeth Wingle (9/30/2015 9:08:00 PM)

    Such wisdom. This poem is very comforting. I think that she is saying, we really have no control of our lives, what ever is going to happen will happen. What ever is -is best. It reminds my of the current saying
    It is what it is Which, can be quite an annoying little saying, especially when over used in conversation!
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  • (7/8/2012 3:17:00 AM)

    The correct line is I know that the soul is aided. (Report) Reply

  • (7/8/2012 3:14:00 AM)

    The correct line is I know that the soul is aided (Report) Reply

  • (8/2/2007 1:50:00 AM)

    I have just discovered this poem in some old papers of my grandmothers
    In the 2nd paragraph the line stating (I know that the soul is sided) .In the letter that I have this line reads
    I know that that the soul is aided. I am wondering which is correct
    Thanking you
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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 26, 2003

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