Sorrow’s Uses

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   The uses of sorrow I comprehend
   Better and better at each year’s end.

   Deeper and deeper I seem to see
   Why and wherefore it has to be.

   Only after the dark, wet days
   Do we fully rejoice in the sun’s bright rays.

   Sweeter the crust tastes after the fast
   Than the sated gourmand’s finest repast.

   The faintest cheer sounds never amiss
   To the actor who once has heard a hiss.

   To one who the sadness of freedom knows,
   Light seem the fetters love may impose.

   And he who has dwelt with his heart alone,
   Hears all the music in friendship’s tone.

   So better and better I comprehend
   How sorrow ever would be our friend.

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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