In honor of EARTHDAY, I am sharing a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox which I found in one of my mom’s old prayer books. I fell in love with this poem over 25 years ago, and never did any research on the author. So here is an excerpt from WIKI.
“Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was ” Solitude“, which contains the lines: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone”. Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death….” continue here.
Do you wish the world were better?
Let me tell you what to do.
Set a watch upon your actions,
Keep them always strait and true.
Rid your mind of selfish motives,
Let your thought be clean and high.
You can make a little Eden
Of the sphere you occupy.
Do you wish the world were wiser?
Well, suppose you make a start,
By accumulating wisdom
In the scrap book of your heart.
Do not waste one page on folly;
Live to learn, and learn to live.
If you want to give men knowledge,
You must get it ere you give.
Do you wish the world were happy?
Then remember day by day.
Just to scatter seeds of kindness.
As you pass along the way.
For the pleasure of the many,
May be ofttimes traced to one,
As the hand that plants the acorn
Shelters armies from the sun.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox From: Poems of Power, 1901
“…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”
Lets take care of our earth! Happy Earth Day!
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