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Poverty And Wealth - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The stork flew over a town one day,
And back of each wing an infant lay;
One to a rich man’s home he brought,
And one he left at a labourer’s cot.
The rich man said, ‘My son shall be
A lordly ruler o’er land and sea.’
The labourer sighed, ‘’Tis the good God’s will
That I have another mouth to fill.’
The rich man’s son grew strong and fair,
And proud with the pride of a millionaire.
His motto in life was, ‘Live while you may, ’
And he crowded years in a single day.
He bought position and name and place,
And he bought him a wife with a handsome face.
He journeyed over the whole wide world,
But discontent his heart lay curled
Like a serpent hidden in leaves and moss,
And life seemed hollow and gold was dross.
He scoffed at woman, and doubted God,
And died like a beast and went back to the sod.
The son of the labourer tilled the soil,
And thanked God daily for health and toil.
He wedded for love in his youthful prime,
And two lives chorded in tune and time.
His wants were simple, and simple his creed,
To trust God fully: it served his need,
And lightened his labour, and helped him to die
With a smile on his lips and a hope in his eye.
When all is over and all is done,
Now which of these men was the richer one?


Comments about Poverty And Wealth by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Gold Star - 18,971 Points Upendra Majhi (3/23/2017 5:22:00 AM)

    This poem romanticised poverty by calling the poor man happier and resulted in poor not fighting for their legitimate due.This disserved cause of fightfor justice. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Nia Riz (10/10/2008 6:17:00 AM)

    such a good poem! it kept me reading on! ....obviously the poor man was richer by mental health!

    rest in peace....- Nia (Report) Reply

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Poems About Poverty

  1. 1. Poverty And Wealth , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  2. 2. Poverty , Jane Taylor
  3. 3. The Curse Of Poverty , ramesh rai
  4. 4. Poverty , Henry Lawson
  5. 5. The Impact Of Poverty On Education , Innocent Masina Nkhonyo
  6. 6. Sonnet 103: Alack, What Poverty My Muse .. , William Shakespeare
  7. 7. Your Riches—taught Me—poverty , Emily Dickinson
  8. 8. Sonnet: The Magic Of Poverty , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  9. 9. Lines Indited With All The Depravity Of .. , Ogden Nash
  10. 10. Poverty , Vijay Sai
  11. 11. (955) Poverty (Acros.. , Melvina Germain
  12. 12. Poverty-I , Palas Kumar Ray
  13. 13. Alice Fell, Or Poverty , William Wordsworth
  14. 14. The Children Of Poverty Street , Francis Duggan
  15. 15. Poverty And Riches , Robert Herrick
  16. 16. Notes On Poverty , Hayden Carruth
  17. 17. Poverty Is Not A Fault , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  18. 18. Never Try To Justify The Poverty , Aftab Alam
  19. 19. Poverty Is A Gift , Mark Heathcote
  20. 20. Beggars And Poverty , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  21. 21. And What Is Poverty , gajanan mishra
  22. 22. Poverty , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  23. 23. Poverty Crime Correlation Simplified Def.. , Terence George Craddock (aft ..
  24. 24. I Hate Poverty , Asif Andalib
  25. 25. Poverty (Debt-Free Haiku) , Eric Cockrell
  26. 26. Poverty In The 21st Century , Winston Harding
  27. 27. Poverty: A Curse Or A Boon , Aftab Alam
  28. 28. Poverty , Emmanuel George Cefai
  29. 29. Passionate Poverty , John Sensele
  30. 30. Poverty. , Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi
  31. 31. Riches And Poverty , Bob Gotti
  32. 32. Poverty , Konjit Berhane
  33. 33. Poverty And Due To Poverty , gajanan mishra
  34. 34. Poverty-Ii , Palas Kumar Ray
  35. 35. Poverty Is A Relative Thing , Francis Duggan
  36. 36. End Poverty , Aldo Kraas
  37. 37. What Is Poverty? , Marilyn Lott
  38. 38. Poverty Lacks All Subs And Sandwiches , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  39. 39. Poverty , Kazi Nazrul Islam
  40. 40. (africa Poems) I Wallow Alone In My Pov.. , Pheko Motaung
  41. 41. Poverty And Illiteracy , gajanan mishra
  42. 42. Dickens Perceives Industrial Poverty , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  43. 43. On Overhearing Two Arguing About Poverty , Francis Duggan
  44. 44. Sonnet: Poverty , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  45. 45. THE POOR PEOPLE AND THEIR POVERTY الفقرا.. , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  46. 46. Poverty , Thomas Traherne
  47. 47. His Cross Of Poverty , Francis Duggan
  48. 48. Hidden Poverty , Francis Duggan
  49. 49. 'Great Expectations' Defined Industrial .. , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  50. 50. Poverty Child , spiritual seeker
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