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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Does It Pay?


If one poor burdened toiler oer lifes road, 
Who meets us by the way, 
Goes on less conscious of his galling load, 
Then life, indeed, does pay.

If we can show the troubled heart the gain
That lies always in loss, 
Why, then, we too are paid for all the pain
Of bearing lifes hard cross.

If some despondent soul to hope is stirred, 
Some sad lip made to smile, 
By any act of ours, or any word, 
Then, life has been worth while.



Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Opal
  2. At Forty-Eight
  3. Artist and Man
  4. As by Fire
  5. But a Dream


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