Open main menu
Bookcover Wilcox.jpg

Oh, you who read some song that I have sung,
What know you of the soul from whence it sprung?
Dost dream the poet ever speaks aloud
His secret thought unto the listening crowd?
Go take the murmuring sea-shell from the shore:
You have its shape, its color and no more.
It tells not one of those vast mysteries
That lie beneath the surface of the seas.
Our songs are shells, cast out by-waves of thought;
Here, take them at your pleasure; but think not
You've seen beneath the surface of the waves,
Where lie our shipwrecks and our coral caves



  1. Preface
  • Poems of Passion
  1. Love's Language
  2. Impatience
  3. Communism
  4. The Common Lot
  5. Individuality
  6. Friendship after Love
  7. Queries
  8. Upon the Sand
  9. Reunited
  10. What Shall We Do?
  11. "The Beautiful Blue Danube"
  12. Answered
  13. Through the Valley
  14. But One
  15. Guilo
  16. The Duet
  17. Little Queen
  18. Wherefore
  19. Delilah
  20. Love Song
  21. Time and Love
  22. Change
  23. Desolation
  24. Isaura
  25. Not Quite the Same
  26. From the Grave
  27. A Waltz-Quadrille
  28. Beppo
  29. Tired
  30. The Speech of Silence
  31. Conversion
  32. Love's Coming
  33. Old and New
  34. Perfectness
  35. Bleak Weather
  36. Attraction
  37. Gracia
  38. Ad Finem
  39. New and Old
  40. The Trio
  41. An Answer
  42. You Will Forget Me
  43. The Farewell of Clarimonde

*Miscellanous Poems

  1. The Lost Garden
  2. Art and Heart
  3. As By Fire
  4. If I Should Die
  5. Misalliance
  6. Response
  7. Drougth
  8. The Creed
  9. Progress
  10. My Friend
  11. Red Carnations
  12. Life is Too Short
  13. A Sculptor
  14. Creation
  15. Beyond
  16. The Saddest Hour
  17. Show Me the Way
  18. My Heritage
  19. Resolve
  20. At Eleusis
  21. Courage
  22. Solitude
  23. The Year Outgrows the Spring
  24. The Beautiful Land of Nod
  25. The Tiger
  26. Only a Simple Rhyme
  27. I Will be Worthy of It
  28. Sonnet
  29. Let Me Lean Hard
  30. Penalty
  31. Sunset
  32. The Wheel of the Breast
  33. A Meeting
  34. Earnestness
  35. A Picture
  36. Mockery
  37. Twin-Born
  38. Floods
  39. Regret
  40. A Fable


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.

The author died in 1919, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 99 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.