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Whatever Is - Is Best

 

Under Each Rank of Wrong,
Somewhere There Lies the Root of Right
 
 
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
 
 
 
 
 
I know as my life grows older
And mine eyes have clearer sight -
That under each rank of wrong, somewhere
There lies the root of Right;
That each sorrow has its purpose,
By the sorrowing oft unguessed,
But as sure as the sun brings morning,
Whatever is - is best.
 
I know that each sinful action
As sure as the night brings shade,
Is somewhere, some time punished,
Tho’ the hour be long delayed.
I know that the soul is aided
Sometimes by the heart’s unrest,
And to grow means often to suffer -
But whatever is - is best.
 
I know there are no errors
In the great Eternal plan,
And all things work together
For the final good of man.
And I know when my soul speeds onward
In its grand Eternal quest,
I shall say as I look back earthward
Whatever is - is best.
 
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Reproduced from the book “Poetical Works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox”, W.P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, Edinburgh, undated, probably 1917, 527 pages, see p. 80.
 
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