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A Dialogue

The world is full of selfishness and greed.
Lord, I would lave its sin.

Yea, mortal, earth of thy good help has need.
Go cleanse thyself within.

Mine ear is hurt by harsh and evil speech.
I would reform men’s ways.

There is but one convincing way to teach.
Speak thou but words of praise.

On every hand is wretchedness and grief,
Despondency and fear.
Lord, I would give my fellow men relief.

Be, then, all hope, all cheer.

Lord, I look outward and grow sick at heart,
Such need of change I see.

Mortal, look in. Do thy allotted part,
And leave the rest to me.

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Author and poet
  • Born November 5th, 1850 in Johnstown, Wisconsin and died October 30th, 1919
  • Famous line in poetry: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone."

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