DESIRE

No joy for which thy hungering heart has panted,
    No hope it cherishes through waiting years,
But, if thou dost deserve it, shall be granted---
    For with each passionate wish the blessing nears.

Tune up the fine, strong instrument of thy being
    To chord with thy dear hope, and do not tire.
When both in key and rhythm are agreeing,
    Lo! thou shalt kiss the lips of thy desire.

The thing thou cravest so waits in the distance,
    Wrapt in the silences, unseen and dumb:
Essential to thy soul and thy existence---
    Live worthy of it---call, and it shall come.

Poetical works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Edinburgh : W. P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, 1917.


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