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Poem 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 lifes dim beginning
  Let be what has been! wisdom planned the whole;
My want, my woe, my errors, and my sinning,
  All, all were needed lessons for my soul.



Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Fault of the Age
  2. The Barbarous Chief
  3. Be Not Content
  4. The Black Man's Claim
  5. The Breaking of Chains


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Abraham Cowley The Wish ("WELL then! I now do plainly see")
  • Mary Chudleigh The Wish ("Would but indulgent Fortune send")

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