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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Two Sat Down


Two sat down in the morning time,
   One to sing and one to spin.
All men listened the song sublime-
   But no one listened the dull wheels din.

The singer sat in a pleasant nook,
   And sang of a life that was fair and sweet,
While the spinner sat with a steadfast look,
   Busily plying her hands and feet.

The singer sang on with a rose in her hair,
   And all men listened her dulcet tone;
And the spinner spun on with a dull despair
   Down in her heart as she sat alone.

But lo! on the morrow no one said
   Aught of the singer or what she sang.
Men were saying: Behold this thread,
   And loud the praise of the spinner rang.

The world has forgotten the singers name-
   Her rose is faded, her songs are old;
But far oer the ocean the spinners fame
   Yet is blazoned in lines of gold.



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


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