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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


If any line that I ever penned, 
Or any word I have spoken, 
Has comforted heart of foe or friend -
In any way, why my life, Ill say, 
Has reaped the reward of labour, 
If aught I have said, or written, has made
Gladder the heart o my neighbour.

If any deed that I ever did
Lightened a sad hearts sorrow, 
If I have lifted a drooping lid
Up to the bright to-morrow, 
Though the world knows not, nor gives me a thought, 
Nor ever can know, nor praise me, 
Yet still I shall say, to my heart alway, 
That my life and labour repay me.

If in any way I have helped a soul, 
Or given a spirit pleasure, 
Then my cup of joy, I shall think is full
With an overflowing measure.
Though never an eye, but the one on high
Looks on my kindly action, 
Yet, O my heart, we shall think of our part
In the drama, with satisfaction.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. Baby Eva
  2. The Awakening (I love the tropics, where sun and rain)
  3. The Beautiful Blue Danube
  4. The Chain
  5. The Coming Man

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Cowper Contentment ("Fierce passions discompose the mind")
  • Oliver Holmes Contentment ("Little I ask; my wants are few")
  • Eugene Field Contentment ("Happy the man that, when his day is done")
  • Joseph Warton Contentment ("Farewel, aspiring thoughts, no more")

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