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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Anticipation is sweeter than realisation.

It may be, yet I have not found it so.
In those first golden dreams of future fame
I did not find such happiness as came
When toil was crowned with triumph. Now I know
My words have recognition, and will go
Straight to some listening heart, my early aim, 
To win the idle glory of a name, 
Pales like a candle in the noondays glow.

So with the deeper joys of which I dreamed: 
Life yields more rapture than did childhoods fancies, 
And each year brings more pleasure than I waited.
Friendship proves truer than of old it seemed, 
And, all beyond youths passion-hued romances, 
Love is more perfect than anticipated.

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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