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Maurine and Other Poems   By: (1850-1919)

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W. B. Conkey Company Chicago

Copyright, 1888 by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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.


Maurine 9 Two Sunsets 122 Unrest 124 "Artist's Life" 125 Nothing but Stones 126 The Coquette 128 Inevitable 129 The Ocean of Song 130 "It Might Have Been" 132 If 132 Gethsemane 134 Dust Sealed 135 "Advice" 136 Over the Banisters 137 Momus, God of Laughter 138 I Dream 140 The Past 141 The Sonnet 142 Secrets 142 A Dream 143 Uselessness 143 Will 144 Winter Rain 145 Applause 145 Life 146 Burdened 146 The Story 147 Let Them Go 148 The Engine 149 Nothing New 151 Dreams 152 Helena 153 Nothing Remains 155 Lean Down 156 Comrades 157 What Gain? 158 Life 159 To the West 160 The Land of Content 161 A Song of Life 163 Warning 164 The Christian's New Year Prayer 164 In the Night 166 God's Measure 167 A March Snow 167 After the Battles are Over 168 Noblesse Oblige 174 And They Are Dumb 175 Night 177 All for Me 178 Philosophy 179 "Carlos" 180 The Two Glasses 182 Through Tears 184 Into Space 185 Through Dim Eyes 187 La Mort d'Amour 188 The Punished 189 Half Fledged 190 Love's Sleep 191 True Culture 192 The Voluptuary 193 The Year 194 The Unattained 195 In the Crowd 196 Life and I 198 Guerdon 199 Snowed Under 200 Platonic 201 What We Need 203 "Leudemann's on the River" 204 In the Long Run 206 Plea to Science 207 Love's Burial 208 Little Blue Hood 209 No Spring 211 Lippo 212 Midsummer 213 A Reminiscence 214 Respite 216 A Girl's Faith 217 Two 218 Slipping Away 219 Is it Done? 220 A Leaf 221 Æsthetic 222 Poems of the Week 224 Ghosts 226 Fleeing Away 227 All Mad 228 Hidden Gems 229 By and By 230 Over the May Hill 231 A Song 232 Foes 234 Friendship 235


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