Poetry of Kansas

Weighing the World.

I weighed the world to-day___its golden treasure,
    Its gleam and glitter, all its splendid show.
Its pride, its fame in most unstinted measure____
    All its allurements that do tempt me so.
I put them in a balance, all together.
    Against one heart but one, yet surely mine.
I wished for once to know for certain whether
    This way, or that way, would the scales incline.
Then slowly rose the piled-up, shining masses,
    As slowly, surely, did that one thing fall.
So I have weighed: and thus the verdict passes:
    I find that one true heart is worth them all.

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
Page 189

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