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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Traveller

    Reply to Rudyard Kiplings 
   He travels the fastest who travels alone.

   Who travels alone with his eyes on the heights,
   Though he laughs in the day time oft weeps in the nights;

   For courage goes down at the set of the sun,
   When the toil of the journey is all borne by one.

   He speeds but to grief though full gaily he ride
   Who travels alone without love at his side.

   Who travels alone without lover or friend
   But hurries from nothing, to naught at the end.

   Though great be his winnings and high be his goal,
   He is bankrupt in wisdom and beggared in soul.

   Lifes one gift of value to him is denied
   Who travels alone without love at his side.

   It is easy enough in this world to make haste
   If one live for that purpose-but think of the waste;

   For life is a poem to leisurely read,
   And the joy of the journey lies not in its speed.

   Oh! vain his achievement and petty his pride
   Who travels alone without love at his side.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. At Forty-Eight
  2. The Last Dance
  3. Babyland
  4. Be Not Attached
  5. Beauty Making

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Oliver Goldsmith The Traveller ("REMOTE, unfriended, melancholy, slow")
  • George Horton The Traveller ("When from my native clime")

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