Poems of Experience eBook

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Nor yet would I relinquish my sweet dream
To gain possession of the Fact supreme. 
I am attached, and well content to stay,
Learning such truths as love may send my way.


Along the narrow Moorish street
   A blue-eyed soldier strode. 
      (Ah, well-a-day)
Veiled from her lashes to her feet
   She stepped from her abode,
      (Ah, lack-a-day).

Now love may guard a favoured wife
   Who leaves the harem door;
      (Ah, well-a-day)
But hungry hearted is her life
   When she is one of four. 
      (Ah, lack-a-day.)

If black eyes glow with sudden fire
   And meet warm eyes of blue —
      (Ah, well-a-day). 
The old, old story of desire
   Repeats itself anew. 
      (Ah, lack-a-day.)

When bugles blow the soldier flies —
   Though bitter tears may fall
      (Ah, lack-a-day). 
A Moorish child with blue, blue eyes
   plays in the harem hall
      (Ah, well-a-day.)


I am the voice of the voiceless;
   Through me the dumb shall speak;
Till the deaf world’s ear be made to hear
   The cry of the wordless weak. 
From street, from cage, and from kennel,
   From jungle and stall, the wail
Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
   Of the mighty against the frail.

I am a ray from the centre;
   And I will feed God’s spark,
Till a great light glows in the night and shows
   The dark deeds done in the dark. 
And full on the thoughtless sleeper
   Shall flash its glaring flame,
Till he wakens to see what crimes may be
   Cloaked under an honoured name.

The same Force formed the sparrow
   That fashioned man, the king;
The God of the Whole gave a spark of soul
   To furred and to feathered thing. 
And I am my brother’s keeper,
   And I will fight his fight,
And speak the word for beast and bird,
   Till the world shall set things right.

Let no voice cavil at Science —
   The strong torch-bearer of God;
For brave are his deeds, though dying creeds,
   Must fall where his feet have trod. 
But he who would trample kindness
   And mercy into the dust —
He has missed the trail, and his quest will fail: 
   He is not the guide to trust.

For love is the true religion,
   And love is the law sublime;
And all that is wrought, where love is not,
   Will die at the touch of time. 
And Science, the great revealer,
   Must flame his torch at the Source;
And keep it bright with that holy light,
   Or his feet shall fail on the course.

Oh, never a brute in the forest,
   And never a snake in the fen,
Or ravening bird, starvation stirred,
   Has hunted its prey like men. 
For hunger, and fear, and passion
   Alone drive beasts to slay,
But wonderful man, the crown of the plan,
   Tortures, and kills, for play.

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