John Greenleaf Whittier
The Bridal Of Pennacook by John Greenleaf Whittier

The Bridal Of Pennacook by John Greenleaf Whittier

We had been wandering for many days Through the rough northern country. We had seen The sunset, with its bars of purple cloud, Like a new heaven, shine upward from the lake Of ...

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All’s Well by John Greenleaf Whittier

All’s Well by John Greenleaf Whittier

The clouds, which rise with thunder, slakeOur thirsty souls with rain;The blow most dreaded falls to breakFrom off our limbs a chain;And wrongs of man to man but makeThe love of ...

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The Grave By The Lake by John Greenleaf Whittier

The Grave By The Lake by John Greenleaf Whittier

Where the Great Lake's sunny smilesDimple round its hundred isles,And the mountain's granite ledgeCleaves the water like a wedge,Ringed about with smooth, gray stones,Rest the ...

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By Their Works by John Greenleaf Whittier

By Their Works by John Greenleaf Whittier

Call him not heretic whose works attestHis faith in goodness by no creed confessed.Whatever in love's name is truly doneTo free the bound and lift the fallen oneIs done to Christ. ...

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From “Snow-Bound,” 11:1-40, 116-154 by John Greenleaf Whittier

From “Snow-Bound,” 11:1-40, 116-154 by John Greenleaf Whittier

The sun that brief December dayRose cheerless over hills of gray,And, darkly circled, gave at noonA sadder light than waning moon.Slow tracing down the thickening skyIts mute and ...

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April by John Greenleaf Whittier

April by John Greenleaf Whittier

'T is the noon of the spring-time, yet never a birdIn the wind-shaken elm or the maple is heard;For green meadow-grasses wide levels of snow,And blowing of drifts where the crocus ...

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Flowers In Winter by John Greenleaf Whittier

Flowers In Winter by John Greenleaf Whittier

How strange to greet, this frosty morn, In graceful counterfeit of flower, These children of the meadows, born Of sunshine and of showers! How well the conscious wood retains The ...

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Forgiveness by John Greenleaf Whittier

Forgiveness by John Greenleaf Whittier

My heart was heavy, for its trust had been Abused, its kindness answered with foul wrong; So, turning gloomily from my fellow-men, One summer Sabbath day I strolled among The ...

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A Sea Dream by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Sea Dream by John Greenleaf Whittier

We saw the slow tides go and come,The curving surf-lines lightly drawn,The gray rocks touched with tender bloomBeneath the fresh-blown rose of dawn.We saw in richer sunsets ...

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Maud Muller by John Greenleaf Whittier

Maud Muller by John Greenleaf Whittier

Maud Muller on a summer's day Raked the meadow sweet with hay. Beneath her torn hat glowed the wealth Of simple beauty and rustic health. Singing, she wrought, and her merry gleee ...

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A Word For The Hour by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Word For The Hour by John Greenleaf Whittier

The firmament breaks up. In black eclipseLight after light goes out. One evil star,Luridly glaring through the smoke of war,As in the dream of the Apocalypse,Drags others down. ...

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Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl by John Greenleaf Whittier

Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl by John Greenleaf Whittier

To the Memory of the Household It DescribesThis Poem is Dedicated by the Author:"As the Spirits of Darkness be stronger in the dark, so Good Spirits,which be Angels of Light, are ...

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A Greeting by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Greeting by John Greenleaf Whittier

Thrice welcome from the Land of FlowersAnd golden-fruited orange bowersTo this sweet, green-turfed June of ours!To her who, in our evil time,Dragged into light the nation's ...

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Disarmament by John Greenleaf Whittier

Disarmament by John Greenleaf Whittier

"Put up the sword!" The voice of Christ once moreSpeaks, in the pauses of the cannon's roar,O'er fields of corn by fiery sickles reapedAnd left dry ashes; over trenches heapedWith ...

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Immortal Love, Forever Full by John Greenleaf Whittier

Immortal Love, Forever Full by John Greenleaf Whittier

Immortal love, forever full,Forever flowing free,Forever shared, forever whole,A never ebbing sea!Our outward lips confess the nameAll other names above;Love only knoweth whence ...

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Barbara Frietchie by John Greenleaf Whittier

Barbara Frietchie by John Greenleaf Whittier

Up from the meadows rich with corn,Clear in the cool September morn,The clustered spires of Frederick standGreen-walled by the hills of Maryland.Round about them orchards ...

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Laus Deo by John Greenleaf Whittier

Laus Deo by John Greenleaf Whittier

It is done!Clang of bell and roar of gunSend the tidings up and down.How the belfries rock and reel!How the great guns, peal on peal,Fling the joy from town to town!Ring, O ...

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The Barefoot Boy by John Greenleaf Whittier

The Barefoot Boy by John Greenleaf Whittier

Blessings on thee, little man,Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!With thy turned-up pantaloons,And thy merry whistled tunes;With thy red lip, redder stillKissed by strawberries on ...

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A Lament by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Lament by John Greenleaf Whittier

The circle is broken, one seat is forsaken,One bud from the tree of our friendship is shaken;One heart from among us no longer shall thrillWith joy in our gladness, or grief in ...

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A Dream Of Summer by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Dream Of Summer by John Greenleaf Whittier

Bland as the morning breath of JuneThe southwest breezes play;And, through its haze, the winter noonSeems warm as summer's day.The snow-plumed Angel of the NorthHas dropped his ...

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Barclay Of Ury by John Greenleaf Whittier

Barclay Of Ury by John Greenleaf Whittier

Up the streets of Aberdeen,By the kirk and college green,Rode the Laird of Ury;Close behind him, close beside,Foul of mouth and evil-eyed,Pressed the mob in fury.Flouted him the ...

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Burning Drift-Wood by John Greenleaf Whittier

Burning Drift-Wood by John Greenleaf Whittier

Before my drift-wood fire I sit, And see, with every waif I burn, Old dreams and fancies coloring it, And folly's unlaid ghosts return. O ships of mine, whose swift keels cleft ...

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A Mystery by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Mystery by John Greenleaf Whittier

The river hemmed with leaning treesWound through its meadows green;A low, blue line of mountains showedThe open pines between.One sharp, tall peak above them allClear into ...

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Ichabod by John Greenleaf Whittier

Ichabod by John Greenleaf Whittier

So fallen! so lost! the light withdrawnWhich once he wore!The glory from his gray hairs goneForevermore!Revile him not, the Tempter hathA snare for all;And pitying tears, not ...

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At Last by John Greenleaf Whittier

At Last by John Greenleaf Whittier

When on my day of life the night is falling,And, in the winds from unsunned spaces blown,I hear far voices out of darkness callingMy feet to paths unknown,Thou who hast made my ...

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A Memory by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Memory by John Greenleaf Whittier

Here, while the loom of Winter weavesThe shroud of flowers and fountains,I think of thee and summer evesAmong the Northern mountains.When thunder tolled the twilight's close,And ...

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Massachusetts To Virginia by John Greenleaf Whittier

Massachusetts To Virginia by John Greenleaf Whittier

The blast from Freedom's Northern hills, upon its Southern way,Bears greeting to Virginia from Massachusetts Bay:No word of haughty challenging, nor battle bugle's peal,Nor steady ...

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A Sabbath Scene by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Sabbath Scene by John Greenleaf Whittier

SCARCE had the solemn Sabbath-bellCeased quivering in the steeple,Scarce had the parson to his deskWalked stately through his people,When down the summer-shaded streetA wasted ...

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A Day by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Day by John Greenleaf Whittier

Talk not of sad November, when a dayOf warm, glad sunshine fills the sky of noon,And a wind, borrowed from some morn of June,Stirs the brown grasses and the leafless spray. On the ...

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Godspeed by John Greenleaf Whittier

Godspeed by John Greenleaf Whittier

Outbound, your bark awaits you. Were I one Whose prayer availeth much, my wish should be Your favoring trad-wind and consenting sea. By sail or steed was never love outrun, And, ...

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An Autograph by John Greenleaf Whittier

An Autograph by John Greenleaf Whittier

I write my name as one, On sands by waves o'errun Or winter's frosted pane, Traces a record vain. Oblivion's blankness claims Wiser and better names, And well my own may pass As ...

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A Lay Of Old Time by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Lay Of Old Time by John Greenleaf Whittier

One morning of the first sad Fall,Poor Adam and his brideSat in the shade of Eden's wall--But on the outer side.She, blushing in her fig-leaf suitFor the chaste garb of old;He, ...

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Worship by John Greenleaf Whittier

Worship by John Greenleaf Whittier

The Pagan's myths through marble lips are spoken,And ghosts of old Beliefs still flit and moanRound fane and altar overthrown and broken,O'er tree-grown barrow and gray ring of ...

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Yorktown by John Greenleaf Whittier

Yorktown by John Greenleaf Whittier

YORKTOWN.FROM Yorktown's ruins, ranked and still,Two lines stretch far o'er vale and hill:Who curbs his steed at head of one?Hark! the low murmur: Washington!Who bends his keen, ...

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Abolition Of Slavery In The District Of Columbia, 1862 by John Greenleaf Whittier

Abolition Of Slavery In The District Of Columbia, 1862 by John Greenleaf Whittier

When first I saw our banner waveAbove the nation's council-hall,I heard beneath its marble wallThe clanking fetters of the slave!In the foul market-place I stood,And saw the ...

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The Worship Of Nature by John Greenleaf Whittier

The Worship Of Nature by John Greenleaf Whittier

The harp at Nature's advent strungHas never ceased to play; The song the stars of morning sungHas never died away.And prayer is made, and praise is given, By all things near and ...

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Skipper Ireson’s Ride by John Greenleaf Whittier

Skipper Ireson’s Ride by John Greenleaf Whittier

Of all the rides since the birth of time,Told in story or sung in rhyme, -On Apuleius' Golden Ass,Or one-eyed Calendar's horse of brass,Witch astride of a human back,Islam's ...

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A Memorial by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Memorial by John Greenleaf Whittier

Oh, thicker, deeper, darker growing,The solemn vista to the tombMust know henceforth another shadow,And give another cypress room.In love surpassing that of brothers,We walked, O ...

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Stanzas For The Times by John Greenleaf Whittier

Stanzas For The Times by John Greenleaf Whittier

Is this the land our fathers loved, The freedom which they toiled to win? Is this the soil whereon they moved? Are these the graves they slumber in? Are we the sons by whom are ...

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Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent On The Beach) by John Greenleaf Whittier

Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent On The Beach) by John Greenleaf Whittier

"Tie stille, barn min!Imorgen kommer Fin,Fa'er din, Og gi'er dich Esbern Snares oine og hjerte at lege med!"Zealand Rhyme."BUILD at Kallundborg by the seaA church as stately as ...

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Chicago by John Greenleaf Whittier

Chicago by John Greenleaf Whittier

Men said at vespers: 'All is well!'In one wild night the city fell;Fell shrines of prayer and marts of gainBefore the fiery hurricane.On threescore spires had sunset shone,Where ...

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Abraham Davenport by John Greenleaf Whittier

Abraham Davenport by John Greenleaf Whittier

In the old days (a custom laid asideWith breeches and cocked hats) the people sentTheir wisest men to make the public laws.And so, from a brown homestead, where the SoundDrinks ...

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A Woman by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Woman by John Greenleaf Whittier

Oh, dwarfed and wronged, and stained with ill,Behold! thou art a woman still!And, by that sacred name and dear,I bid thy better self appear.Still, through thy foul disguise, I ...

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A Welcome To Lowell by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Welcome To Lowell by John Greenleaf Whittier

Take our hands, James Russell Lowell,Our hearts are all thy own;To-day we bid thee welcomeNot for ourselves alone.In the long years of thy absenceSome of us have grown old,And ...

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Summer By The Lakeside: Lake Winnipesaukee by John Greenleaf Whittier

Summer By The Lakeside: Lake Winnipesaukee by John Greenleaf Whittier

I. NOON.White clouds, whose shadows haunt the deep,Light mists, whose soft embraces keepThe sunshine on the hills asleep!O isles of calm! O dark, still wood!And stiller skies that ...

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Storm On Lake Asquam by John Greenleaf Whittier

Storm On Lake Asquam by John Greenleaf Whittier

A cloud, like that the old-time Hebrew sawOn Carmel prophesying rain, beganTo lift itself o'er wooded Cardigan,Growing and blackening. Suddenly, a flawOf chill wind menaced; then ...

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Cassandra Southwick by John Greenleaf Whittier

Cassandra Southwick by John Greenleaf Whittier

To the God of all sure mercies let my blessing rise today,From the scoffer and the cruel He hath plucked the spoil away;Yes, he who cooled the furnace around the faithful ...

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My Triumph by John Greenleaf Whittier

My Triumph by John Greenleaf Whittier

The autumn-time has come; On woods that dream of bloom, And over purpling vines, The low sun fainter shines. The aster-flower is failing, The hazel's gold is paling; Yet overhead ...

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A Legacy by John Greenleaf Whittier

A Legacy by John Greenleaf Whittier

Friend of my many years!When the great silence falls, at last, on me,Let me not leave, to pain and sadden thee,A memory of tears,But pleasant thoughts alone.Of one who was thy ...

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My Trust by John Greenleaf Whittier

My Trust by John Greenleaf Whittier

A picture memory brings to meI look across the years and seeMyself beside my mother's knee.I feel her gentle hand restrainMy selfish moods, and know againA child's blind sense of ...

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