- By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her works include Poems of Passion and 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. Ella Wheeler was born in 1850 on a farm in Johnstown, Wisconsin, east of Janesville, the youngest of four children. The family later moved north of Madison, after losing its wealth, as the result of her father's failed business aspirations and speculation. Wilcox's family held themselves to be intellectuals, and a mastery of the nuances of the English language was prized. During her childhood, Wilcox amused herself by reading books and newspapers, which may have influenced her later writing (most notably William Shakespeare, The Arabian Nights, The Diverting History of John Gilpin and Gulliver's Travels, in addition to the few other pieces of literature that were to be had in her home).
However inexplicable may seem
Event and circumstance upon this earth,
Though favours fall on those whom none esteem,
And insult and indifference greet worth;
Though poverty repays the life of toil,
And riches spring where idle feet have trod,
And storms lay waste the patiently tilled soil -
Yet Justice sways the universe of God.
As undisturbed the stately stars remain
Beyond the glare of day’s obscuring light,
So Justice dwells, though mortal eyes in vain
Seek it persistently by reason’s sight.
But when, once freed, the illumined soul looks out.
Its cry will be, ‘O God, how could I doubt!’

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Word Lists:

Inexplicable : unable to be explained or accounted for

Stately : having a dignified, unhurried, and grand manner; majestic in manner and appearance

Persistent : continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition

Indifference : lack of interest, concern, or sympathy

Glare : stare in an angry or fierce way

Sway : move or cause to move slowly or rhythmically backward and forward or from side to side

Esteem : respect and admiration, typically for a person

Poverty : the state of being extremely poor

Insult : speak to or treat with disrespect or scornful abuse

Toil : work extremely hard or incessantly


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Rating: A

Words: 105

Unique Words : 89

Sentences : 16

Reading Time : 0:28

Noun : 48

Conjunction : 11

Adverb : 7

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 9

Pronoun : 5

Verb : 17

Preposition : 9

Letter Count : 500

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Neutral

Difficult Words : 44

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