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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Noblesse Oblige

I hold it the duty of one who is gifted
And specially dowered I all mens sight, 
To know no rest till his life is lifted
Fully up to his great gifts height.

He must mould the man into rare completeness, 
For gems are only in gold refined.
He must fashion his thoughts into perfect sweetness, 
And cast out folly and pride from his mind.

For he who drinks from a gods gold fountain
Of art of music or rhythmic song
Must sift from his soul the chaff of malice, 
And weed from his heart the roots of wrong.

Great gifts should be worn, like a crown befitting, 
And not like gems in a beggars hands! 
And the toil must be constant and unremitting
Which lifts up the king to the crowns demands.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Opal
  2. At Eleusis
  3. But a Dream
  4. The Call (All wantonly in hours of joy)
  5. The Awakening (I love the tropics, where sun and rain)

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