The Nameless Strength
Behind a Long-Standing Vow
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Machu Picchu, in the Andes
I may not reach the heights I seek,
My untried strength may fail me;
Or, half-way up the mountain peak
Fierce tempests may assail me.
But though that place I never gain,
Herein lies comfort for my pain –
I will be worthy of it.
I may not triumph in success,
Despite my earnest labour;
I may not grasp results that bless
The efforts of my neighbour.
But though my goal I never see,
This thought shall always dwell with me –
I will be worthy of it.
The golden glory of Love’s light
May never fall on my way;
My path may always lead through night,
Like some deserted byway.
But though life’s dearest joy I miss
There lies a nameless strength in this –
I will be worthy of it.
The poem “I Will Be Worthy of It” is published in our associated websites since 30 April 2019. It was reproduced from the book “Poetical Works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox”, published by W.P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, Edinburgh, undated, probably 1917, 527 pages, see p. 44. Ella Wheeler Wilcox was born on 5 November 1850 and died in October 1919.
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