Methinks oft-times my heart is like some bee,
    That goes forth through the summer day and sings,
    And gathers honey from all growing things
In garden plot, or on the clover lea.
When the long afternoon grows late, and she
    Would seek her hive, she cannot lift her wings,
    So heavily the too sweet burden clings,
From which she would not, and yet would, fly free.
So with my full fond heart; for when it tries
    To lift itself to peace-crowned heights, above
    The common way where countless feet have trod
Lo! then, this burden of dear human ties,
    This growing weight of precious earthly love,
    Binds down the spirit that would soar to God.

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

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