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Maurine and Other Poems

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Book Overview: 

This is a volume of earlier poetry by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. The Title poem, Maurine, is a narrative poem about the tragedy and happiness of the life of Maurine. Besides that long narrative poem, this collection also includes a number of Ella Wheeler Wicox's famous shorter pieces of poetry.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Strange ship, ahoy! Fair frigate, whither bound?"
And, starting up, I cast my gaze around,
And saw a sail‑boat o'er the water glide
Close to the "Swan," like some live thing of grace;
And from it looked the glowing, handsome face
Of Vivian.

                    "Beauteous sirens of the sea,
Come sail across the raging main with me!"
He laughed; and leaning, drew our drifting boat
[Pg 36]Beside his own. "There, now! step in!" he said,
"I'll land you anywhere you want to go—
My boat is safer far than yours, I know:
And much more pleasant with its sails all spread.
The Swan? We'll take the oars, and let it float
Ashore at leisure. You, Maurine, sit there—
Miss Helen here. Ye gods and little fishes!
I've reached the height of pleasure, and my wishes.
Adieu despondency! farewell to care!"

'T was done so quickly: that wa. . . Read More