Worth While Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Worth While

Rating: 3.3

It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through tears.

It is easy enough to be prudent,
When nothing tempts you to stray,
When without or within no voice of sin
Is luring your soul away;
But it's only a negative virtue
Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor of earth
Is the one that resists desire.

By the cynic, the sad, the fallen,
Who had no strength for the strife,
The world's highway is cumbered to-day;
They make up the sum of life.
But the virtue that conquers passion,
And the sorrow that hides in a smile,
It is these that are worth the homage on earth
For we find them but once in a while.

Ayushi Dhar Chowdhury 21 January 2022

Oh.. so beautiful

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Ashika shetty B 05 October 2020

We want the question and answer of that poem

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Shaun Cronick 28 March 2020

The absolute genius of dear Ella.

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JDASS 01 March 2018

It is a very good poem. which tells us that in trouble too we should be calm and smiling. It is one of the best poem by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX.

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Jayne Doe 03 June 2016

I love that this poem discusses the worth of maintaining characteristics, despite challenging situations. A lesson well worth learning and beautifully written in this poem.

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin
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