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The Poet's Corner 'Worth While' - March 12, 2017 

 The Poet's Corner

 

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Worth While

by

 Ella Wheeler Wilcox 

 

It is easy enough to be pleasant,

When life flows by like a song,

But the man worth While is one who will smile,

When everything goes dead wrong.

For the test of the heart is trouble,

And it always comes with the years,

And the smile that is worth the praises of earth,

Is the smile that shines through tears.

 

It is easy enough to be prudent,

When nothing tempts you to stray,

When without or within no voice of sin

Is luring your soul away;

But it's only a negative virtue

Until it is tried by fire,

And the life that is worth the honor on earth,

Is the one that resists desire.

 

By the cynic, the sad, the fallen,

Who had no strength for the strife,

The world's highway is cumbered today,

They make up the sum of life.

But the virtue that conquers passion,

And the sorrow that hides in a smile,

It is these that are worth the homage on earth

For we find them but once in a while.

 

 

 

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