Poems of Life. By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Border Edition.
London: Siegle, Hill and Co., [n.d.]
75 p. 
6" x 4 1/2"
Note: One copy has inscription dated "1st January 1914"

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I step across the mystic border-land
And look upon the wonder-world of Art,
How beautiful, how beautiful its hills!
And all its valleys, how surpassing fair!

The winding paths that lead up to the heights
Are polished by the footsteps of the great.
The mountain-peaks stand very near to God:
The chosen few whose feet have trod thereon
Have talked with Him, and with the angels walked.

Here are no sounds of discord--no profane
Or senseless gossip of unworthy things--
Only the songs of chisels and of pens,
Of busy brushes, and ecstatic strains
Of souls surcharged with music most divine.
Here is no idle sorrow, no poor grief
For any day or object left behind--
For time is counted precious, and herein
Is such complete abandonment of Self
That tears turn into rainbows, and enhance
The beauty of the land where all is fair.
Awed and afraid I cross the border-land.
Oh, who am I, that I dare enter here
Where the great artists of the world have trod--
The genius-crowned aristocrats of Earth?
Only the singer of a little song;
Yet loving Art with such a mighty love
I hold it greater to have won a place
Just on the fair land's edge, to make my grave,
Than in the outer world of greed and gain
To sit upon a royal throne and reign.


  1. Life
  2. A Song of Life
  3. Life and I
  4. Two Sunsets
  5. Unrest
  6. "Artist's Life"
  7. Nothing but Stones
  8. Inevitable
  9. The Ocean of Song
  10. Gethsemane
  11. Dust-Sealed
  12. "Advice"
  13. Over the Banisters
  14. Momus, God of Laughter
  15. The Past
  16. "It Might Have Been"
  17. The Sonnet
  18. Secrets
  19. Uselessness
  20. Will
  21. Winter Rain
  22. Applause
  23. Life
  24. The Story
  25. Let Them Go
  26. The Engine
  27. Nothing New
  28. Helena
  29. Nothing Remains
  30. The Two Glasses
  31. What we Need
  32. Is it Done?
  33. Burdened
  34. In the Long Run
  35. A Song
  36. To Marry or Not to Marry?

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