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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


If any line that I ever penned, 
Or any word I have spoken, 
Has comforted heart of foe or friend -
In any way, why my life, Ill say, 
Has reaped the reward of labour, 
If aught I have said, or written, has made
Gladder the heart o my neighbour.

If any deed that I ever did
Lightened a sad hearts sorrow, 
If I have lifted a drooping lid
Up to the bright to-morrow, 
Though the world knows not, nor gives me a thought, 
Nor ever can know, nor praise me, 
Yet still I shall say, to my heart alway, 
That my life and labour repay me.

If in any way I have helped a soul, 
Or given a spirit pleasure, 
Then my cup of joy, I shall think is full
With an overflowing measure.
Though never an eye, but the one on high
Looks on my kindly action, 
Yet, O my heart, we shall think of our part
In the drama, with satisfaction.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Opal
  2. At Forty-Eight
  3. As by Fire
  4. But a Dream
  5. The Call (All wantonly in hours of joy)

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Cowper Contentment ("Fierce passions discompose the mind")
  • Oliver Holmes Contentment ("Little I ask; my wants are few")
  • Eugene Field Contentment ("Happy the man that, when his day is done")
  • Joseph Warton Contentment ("Farewel, aspiring thoughts, no more")

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