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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Trust in thine own untried capacity
    As thou wouldst trust in God Himself. Thy soul
    Is but an emanation from the whole.
Thou dost not dream what forces lie in thee,
Vast and unfathomed as the grandest sea.
    Thy silent mind o'er diamond caves may roll,
    Go seek them---but let pilot will control
Those passions which thy favouring winds can be.
No man shall place a limit in thy strength;
    Such triumphs as no mortal ever gained
    May yet be thine if thou wilt but believe
In thy Creator and thyself. At length
    Some feet will tread all heights now unattained---
    Why not thine own? Press on! achieve! achieve!

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

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Madison Cawein Achievement ("He held himself splendidly forward")

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