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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Recompense


Straight through my heart this fact to-day, 
By Truths own hand is driven: 
God never takes one thing away, 
But something else is given.

I did not know in earlier years, 
This law of love and kindness; 
I only mourned through bitter tears
My loss, in sorrows blindness.

But, ever following each regret
Oer some departed treasure, 
My sad repining heart was met
With unexpected pleasure.

I thought is only happened so; 
But time this truth taught me 
No least thing from my life can go, 
But something else is brought to me.

It is the Law, complete, sublime; 
And now, with Faith unshaken, 
In patience I but bide my time
When any joy is taken.

No matter if the crushing blow
May for the moment down me, 
Still, back of it waits Love, I know
With some new gift to crown me.



Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Opal
  2. The Awakening (I love the tropics, where sun and rain)
  3. The Breaking of Chains
  4. The Chain
  5. The Coming Man


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • John McCrae Recompense ("I saw two sowers in Lifes field at morn")

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