The World grows Better

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   Oh! the earth is full of sinning
      And of trouble and of woe,
   But the devil makes an inning
      Every time we say it’s so.
   And the way to set him scowling,
      And to put him back a pace,
   Is to stop this stupid growling,
      And to look things in the face.

   If you glance at history’s pages,
      In all lands and eras known,
   You will find the buried ages
      Far more wicked than our own.
   As you scan each word and letter.
      You will realise it more,
   That the world to-day is better
      Than it ever was before.

   There is much that needs amending
      In the present time, no doubt;
   There is right that needs amending,
      There is wrong needs crushing out.
   And we hear the groans and curses
      Of the poor who starve and die,
   While the men with swollen purses
      In the place of hearts go by.

   But in spite of all the trouble
      That obscures the sun to-day,
   Just remember it was double
      In the ages passed away.
   And those wrongs shall all be righted,
      Good shall dominate the land,
   For the darkness now is lighted
      By the torch in Science’s hand.

   Forth from little motes in Chaos,
      We have come to what we are;
   And no evil force can stay us—
      We shall mount from star to star,
   We shall break each bond and fetter
      That has bound us heretofore;
   And the earth is surely better
      Than it ever was before.

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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