Poems of Cheer
This Volume contains the poems published under the title "Poems of Life," with the exception of about half a dozen, which appear in my other volumes. I have also added a few new verses.
ELLA WHEELER WILCOX.
April 12th, 1910.
I step across the mystic border-land,
And look upon the wonder-world of Art.
How beautiful, how beautiful its hills!
And all its valleys, how surpassing fair!
The winding paths that lead up to the heights
Are polished by the footsteps of the great.
The mountain-peaks stand very near to God:
The chosen few whose feet have trod thereon
Have talked with Him, and with the angels walked.
Here are no sounds of discord--no profane
Or senseless gossip of unworthy things -
Only the songs of chisels and of pens,
Of busy brushes, and ecstatic strains
Of souls surcharged with music most divine.
Here is no idle sorrow, no poor grief
For any day or object left behind -
For time is counted precious, and herein
Is such complete abandonment of Self
That tears turn into rainbows, and enhance
The beauty of the land where all is fair.
Awed and afraid, I cross the border-land.
Oh, who am I, that I dare enter here
Where the great artists of the world have trod -
The genius-crowned aristocrats of Earth?
Only the singer of a little song;
Yet loving Art with such a mighty love
I hold it greater to have won a place
Just on the fair land's edge, to make my grave,
Than in the outer world of greed and gain
To sit upon a royal throne and reign.
Poems of Cheer 
- Worth while
- The House of Life
- A Song of Life
- In the Long Run
- As you go through Life
- Two Sunsets
- Artist's life
- Nothing But Stones
- The Ocean of Song
- It might have been
- Momus, God of Laughter
- I Dream
- The Sonnet
- The Past
- A Dream
- Winter Rain
- Let them go
- Five Kisses
- Nothing Remains
- What Gain?
- To the West
- The Land of Content
- After the Battles are over
- And they are dumb
- All for me
- Into Space
- Through Dim Eyes
- The Punished
- Half Fledged
- The Year
- The Unattained
- In the crowd
- Life and I
- Snowed Under
- Little Blue Hood
- No Spring
- A Reminiscence
- A Girl's Faith
- Slipping Away
- Is it done?
- A Leaf
- Poems of the Week
- Fleeing away
- All mad
- Hidden Gems
- Over the May Hill
- Two sat down
- Bound and free
- Wishes for a little girl
- My Home
- To marry or not to marry?
- An Afternoon
- River and Sea
- What happens?
|This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.
The author died in 1919, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.