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 poem was “Solitude”. Solitude poem, was first published in the February 25, 1883 issue of The New York Sun.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox sent the Solitude poem to The New York Sun and received $5 for her effort. It was collected in the book Poems of Passion shortly after in May 1883. Ella Wheeler Wilcox was a popular poet rather than a literary poet, in her poems she expresses sentiments of cheer and optimism.
Below is here Solitude poem, which is full of Optimist, inspiration and motivation.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all;
There are none to decline your nectar’d wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
Recommended Book :- The Essential Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poetry Collection
See Also :- A Golden Day Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox