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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


I am serenity. Though passions beat
   Like mighty billows on my helpless heart,
I know beyond them lies the perfect sweet
   Serenity, which patience can impart.
And when wild tempests in my bosom rage,
Peace, peace, I cry, it is my heritage.

I am good health. Though fevers rack my brain
   And rude disorders mutilate my strength,
A perfect restoration after pain,
   I know shall be my recompense at length.
And so through grievous day and sleepless night,
Health, health, I cry, it is my own by right.

I am success. Though hungry, cold, ill-clad,
   I wander for awhile, I smile and say,
It is but for a time-I shall be glad
   To-morrow, for good fortune comes my way.
God is my father, He has wealth untold,
His wealth is mine, health, happiness, and gold.

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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