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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Introductory Verses


Oh, you who read some song that I have sung Ц
What know you of the soul from whence it sprung? 

Dost dream the poet ever speaks aloud
His secret thought unto the listening crowd? 

Go take the murmuring sea-shell from the shore-
You have its shape, its colour Ц and no more.

It tells not one of those vast mysteries
That lie beneath the surface of the seas.

Our songs are shells, cast out by waves of thought; 
Here, take them at your pleasure; but think not

YouТve seen the beneath the surface of the waves, 
Where lie our shipwrecks, and our coral caves.



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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