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Ella Wheeler Wilcox – 8 January 2009
An American poet and journalist, Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850–1919)
was born in Johnstown Center, Wisconsin and was educated at the
University of Wisconsin. Her works include Poems of Pleasure,
Poems of Sentiment, Poems of Progress, and
Poems of Power. The first two lines of her poem
“Solitude” are often quoted: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
For a large collection of poems and stories, visit:
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful. At the
same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the
world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true
peace and compassion.
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