Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Worldly Wisdom

Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet.






If it were in my dead Past’s power
 To let my Present bask
In some lost pleasure for an hour,
 This is the boon I’d ask:

Re-pedestal from out the dust
 Where long ago ‘twas hurled,
My beautiful incautious trust
 In this unworthy world.

The symbol of my souls own truth –
 I saw it go with tears –
The sweet unwisdom of my youth –
 That vanished with the years.

Since knowledge brings us only grief,
 I would return again
To happy ignorance and belief
 In motives and in men.

For worldly wisdom learned in pain
 Is in itself a cross,
Significant mayhap of gain,
 Yet sign of saddest loss.

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