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Ella Wheeler Wilcox (Элла Уилкокс)


Contentment


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, I’ll 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 heart’s 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's other poems:
  1. The Cherub Year
  2. The Plow of God
  3. Why the Spring is Late
  4. The Fault of the Age
  5. The Giddy Girl


Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • William Cowper (Уильям Купер) Contentment ("Fierce passions discompose the mind")
  • Oliver Holmes (Оливер Холмс) Contentment ("Little I ask; my wants are few")
  • Eugene Field (Юджин Филд) Contentment ("Happy the man that, when his day is done")
  • Joseph Warton (Джозеф Уортон) Contentment ("Farewel, aspiring thoughts, no more")
  • Ada Cambridge (Cross) (Ада Кембридж (Кросс)) Contentment ("Is it a virtue, as the sages say")

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