POEMS: “Preaching vs. Practice” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Preaching vs. Practice IT is easy to sit in the sunshine And talk to the man in the shade; It is easy to float in a well-trimmed boat, And point out the places to wade. But once we pass into the shadows, We murmur and fret and frown, And, our length from the bank, we…

POEMS: “Optimism” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Optimism” I’m no reformer; for I see more light Than darkness in the world; mine eyes are quick To catch the first dim radiance of the dawn, And slow to note the cloud that threatens storm. The fragrance and the beauty of the rose Delight me so, slight thought I give its thorn; And the…

POEMS: “Joy” By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

JOY My heart is like a little bird That sits and sings for very gladness. Sorrow is some forgotten word, And so, except in rhyme, is sadness. The world is very fair to me– Such azure skies, such golden weather, I’m like a long caged bird set free, My heart is lighter than a feather….

POEMS: “Bridge of Prayer” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Bridge of Prayer The bridge of prayer from heavenly heights suspended     Unites the earth with spirit-realms in Space. The interests of those separate worlds are blended     For those whose feet turn often toward that place. In troubled nights of sorrow and repining,     When joy and hope seem sunk in dark despair, We…

SPIRITUAL POEMS: “The Nameless” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“The Nameless” Unnumbered gods may unremembered die; A thousand creeds may perish and pass by; Yet do I lift mine eyes to ONE on high. Unnamed be HE from whom creation came; There is no word whereby to speak His name But petty men have mouthed it into shame. I lift mine eyes, and with…

POEMS: “They Shall Not Win” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“They Shall Not Win” Whatever the strength of our foes is now, Whatever it may have been, This is our slogan, and this our vow- They shall not win, they shall not win. Though out of the darkness they call the aid Of the evil forces of Sin, We utter our slogan unafraid- They shall…

SPIRITUAL POEMS: “Creation” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Creation” The impulse of all love is to create. God was so full of love, in His embrace He clasped the empty nothingness of space, And lo! the solar system! High in state The mighty sun sat, so supreme and great With this same essence, one smile of its face Brought myriad forms of life…

SPIRITUAL POEMS: “One By One” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“One By One” Little by little and one by one, Out of the ether, were worlds created; Star and planet and sea and sun, All in the nebulous Nothing waited Till the Nameless One Who has many a name Called them to being and forth they came. All things mighty and all things small, Stone…

SPIRITUAL POEMS: “Prayer” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Prayer”  Lord, let us pray. Give us the open mind, O God, The mind that dares believe In paths of thought as yet untrod; The mind that can conceive Large visions of a wider way Than circumscribes our world to-day. May tolerance temper our own faith, However great our zeal; When others speak of life…

SHORT POEMS: “The Wish” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“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…