Books That Are Read

     Ella Wheele Wilcox, the popular versewriter and novelist of New York city, has written some very beautiful and suggestive work. A poem recently published is characterized by Mrs. Wilcox's usuall inspiring and uplifting thought. It is entitled Which Are You? and is as follows:

There are two kinds of people on earth today--
Just two kinds of people--no more, I say.
Not the sinner and saint, for it's well understood
The good are half bad, and the bad are half good
Not the rich and the poor, for to rate a man's wealth
You must first know the state of his conscience and health;
Not the humble and proud, for in life's little span
Who puts on vain airs is not counted a man;
Not the happy and sad, for the swift-flying years
No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean
Are the people who lift and the people who lean.
Wherever you go, you will find the earth's masses
Are always divided in just these two classes;
And, oddly enough, you will find, too, I ween,
There's only one lifter to twenty who lean.
In which class are you? Are you easing the load
Of overtaxed lifters who toil down the road?
Or are you a leaner, who lets others share
Your portion of labor, and worry and care?

                                              Paul Pry

Pry, Paul, Editor. Books That Are Read The Age-Herald [Birmingham, Ala.] 6 Jan. 1901: 15.

Courtesy of John M. Freiermuth.

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