Poet John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier Poems

  • 1.  
    On the wide lawn the snow lay deep,
    Ridged o'er with many a drifted heap;The wind that through the pine-trees sung
  • 2.  
    O Christ of God! whose life and death
    Our own have reconciled,Most quietly, most tenderly
  • 3.  
    Heap high the farmer's wintry hoard!
    Heap high the golden corn!No richer gift has Autumn poured
  • 4.  
    Oh, greenly and fair in the lands of the sun,
    The vines of the gourd and the rich melon run,And the rock and the tree and the cottage enfold,
  • 5.  
    Voice of the Holy Spirit, making known
    Man to himself, a witness swift and sure,Warning, approving, true and wise and pure,
  • 6.  
    Calm on the breast of Loch Maree
    A little isle reposes;A shadow woven of the oak
  • 7.  
  • 8.  
    My thoughts are all in yonder town,
    Where, wept by many tears,To-day my mother's friend lays down
  • 9.  
    'TIS over, Moses! All is lost!
    I hear the bells a-ringing;Of Pharaoh and his Red Sea host
  • 10.  
    Where ceaseless Spring her garland twines,
    As sweetly shall the loved one rest,As if beneath the whispering pines
  • 11.  
    From the hills of home forth looking, far beneath the tent-like span
    Of the sky, I see the white gleam of the headland of Cape Ann.Well I know its coves and beaches to the ebb-tide glimmering down,
  • 12.  
    THE land was pale with famine
    And racked with fever-pain;The frozen fiords were fishless,
  • 13.  
    MEN of the North-land! where's the manly spirit
    Of the true-hearted and the unshackled gone?Sons of old freemen, do we but inherit
  • 14.  
    I ask not now for gold to gild
    With mocking shine a weary frame;The yearning of the mind is stilled,
  • 15.  
    My heart was heavy, for its trust had been
    Abused, its kindness answered with foul wrong; So, turning gloomily from my fellow-men,
  • 16.  
    A PIOUS magistrate! sound his praise throughout
    The wondering churches. Who shall henceforth doubtThat the long-wished millennium draweth nigh?
  • 17.  
    ALONG the roadside, like the flowers of goldThat tawny Incas for their gardens wrought,
  • 18.  
    With wisdom far beyond her years,
    And graver than her wondering peers,So strong, so mild, combining still
  • 19.  
    WITH clearer light, Cross of the South, shine forth
    In blue Brazilian skies;And thou, O river, cleaving half the earth
  • 20.  
    For ages on our river borders,
    These tassels in their tawny bloom,And willowy studs of downy silver,
  • 21.  
    Friend of my many years!
    When the great silence falls, at last, on me,Let me not leave, to pain and sadden thee,
  • 22.  
    I have not felt, o'er seas of sand,
    The rocking of the desert bark;Nor laved at Hebron's fount my hand,
  • 23.  

  • 24.  
    The autumn-time has come;
    On woods that dream of bloom, And over purpling vines,
  • 25.  
    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 thrill
  • 26.  
    Oh, praise an' tanks! De Lord he come
    To set de people free;An' massa tink it day ob doom,
  • 27.  
    Through Thy clear spaces, Lord, of old,
    Formless and void the dead earth rolled;Deaf to Thy heaven's sweet music, blind
  • 28.  
    A tender child of summers three,
    Seeking her little bed at night,Paused on the dark stair timidly.
  • 29.  
    BENEATH thy skies, November!
    Thy skies of cloud and rain,Around our blazing camp-fires
  • 30.  
    No bird-song floated down the hill,
    The tangled bank below was still;
  • 31.  

  • 32.  
    A STRONG and mighty Angel,
    Calm, terrible, and bright,The cross in blended red and blue
  • 33.  
    O HOLY FATHER! just and true
    Are all Thy works and words and ways,And unto Thee alone are due
  • 34.  
    Sunlight upon Judha's hills!
    And on the waves of Galilee;On Jordan's stream, and on the rills
  • 35.  
    Dark the halls, and cold the feast,
    Gone the bridemaids, gone the priest.All is over, all is done,
  • 36.  
    NIGHT on the city of the Moor!
    On mosque and tomb, and white-walled shore,On sea-waves, to whose ceaseless knock
  • 37.  
    A shallow stream, from fountains
    Deep in the Sandwich mountains,Ran lake ward Bearcamp River;
  • 38.  

  • 39.  
    Of A Virginia Slave Mother To Her Daughters Sold Into Southern Bondage

  • 40.  
    'Get ye up from the wrath of God's terrible day!
    Ungirded, unsandalled, arise and away!'T is the vintage of blood, 't is the fulness of time,
  • 41.  
    Its windows flashing to the sky,
    Beneath a thousand roofs of brown,Far down the vale, my friend and I
  • 42.  
    THRICE welcome to thy sisters of the East,
    To the strong tillers of a rugged home,With spray-wet locks to Northern winds released,
  • 43.  
    Beside that milestone where the level sun,
    Nigh unto setting, sheds his last, low raysOn word and work irrevocably done,
  • 44.  
    The threads our hands in blindness spin
    No self-determined plan weaves in;The shuttle of the unseen powers
  • 45.  
    The Pagan's myths through marble lips are spoken,
    And ghosts of old Beliefs still flit and moanRound fane and altar overthrown and broken,
  • 46.  
    John Pierpont, the eloquent preacher and poet of Boston.

  • 47.  
    The birds against the April wind
    Flew northward, singing as they flew; They sang, "The land we leave behind
  • 48.  
    JUST God! and these are they
    Who minister at thine altar, God of Right!Men who their hands with prayer and blessing lay
  • 49.  
    Piero Luca, known of all the town
    As the gray porter by the Pitti wallWhere the noon shadows of the gardens fall,
  • 50.  
    Here is the place; right over the hill
    Runs the path I took; You can see the gap in the old wall still,
Total 471 poems written by John Greenleaf Whittier

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Love looked back as he took his flight,
And lo, his eyes were filled with tears.
Was it for love of lost delight
Love looked back as he took his flight?
Only I know while day grew night,
Turning still to the vanished years,
Love looked back as he took his flight,
And lo, his eyes were filled with tears.

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