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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sorrows Uses

The uses of sorrow I comprehend
Better and better at each years end.

Deeper and deeper I seem to see
Why and wherefore it has to be

Only after the dark, wet days
Do we fully rejoice in the suns bright rays.

Sweeter the crust tastes after the fast
Than the sated gourmands finest repast.

The faintest cheer sounds never amiss
To the actor who once has heard a hiss.

To one who the sadness of freedom knows, 
Light seem the fetters love may impose.

And he who has dwelt with his heart alone, 
Hears all the music in friendships tone.

So better and better I comprehend, 
How sorrow ever would be our friend.

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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