Maurine and Other Poems

Author: Ella Wheeler Wilcox


I feel the great immensity of life. All little aims slip from me, and I reach My yearning soul toward the Infinite.

As when a mighty forest, whose green leaves Have shut it in, and made it seem a bower For lovers’ secrets, or for children’s sports, Casts all its clustering foliage to the winds, And lets the eye behold it, limitless, And full of winding mysteries of ways: So now with life that reaches out before, And borders on the unexplained Beyond.

I see the stars above me, world on world: I hear the awful language of all Space; I feel the distant surging of great seas, That hide the secrets of the Universe In their eternal bosoms; and I know That I am but an atom of the Whole.


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Chicago: Ella Wheeler Wilcox, "Life," Maurine and Other Poems, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Maurine and Other Poems (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed March 20, 2019,

MLA: Wilcox, Ella Wheeler. "Life." Maurine and Other Poems, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Maurine and Other Poems, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 20 Mar. 2019.

Harvard: Wilcox, EW, 'Life' in Maurine and Other Poems, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Maurine and Other Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 20 March 2019, from