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Poems of Optimism

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Book Overview: 

This is a volume of Poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. The topic of this volume is "optimism"

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . whereon white flocks of clouds
   Would gather in the afternoon to rest.
And when the sun went down behind that hill
What scenes of glory spread before my sight;
What beauty - beauty, absolute, supreme!
Sunsets enlarged the meaning of that word.

Clover in blossom, red and honey-sweet,
   In summer billowed like a crimson sea
Across the meadow lands.  One day, I stood
Breast-high amidst its waves, and heard the hum
   Of myriad bees, that had gone mad like me
With fragrance and with beauty.  Over us,
A loving sun smiled from a cloudless sky,
While a bold breeze kissed lightly as it passed,
Clover in blossom, red and honey-sweet.

Autumn spoke loudly of the beautiful.
   And in the gallery of Nature hung
Colossal pictures hard against the sky,
Set forests gorgeous with a hundred hues;
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Community Reviews

3.5 stars (liked it)

A nice variety of poems, some of which do have a religious tone (for those to whom that matters one way or another). My favorites were "Home" and "Praise Day".

Nice classic poetry. Ella Wheeler Wilcox was a great poet. Here is a quote taken from one of her poems:

From this full consciousness
my faith is borrowing
Light to illuminate life's darkest sorrowing,
whatever woes assail me, still I cry:
'God reigns on High!
He doeth all things well.'
My faith finds praye