Poet John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier Poems

  • 451.  
    She sang alone, ere womanhood had known
    The gift of song which fills the air to-day Tender and sweet, a music all her own
  • 452.  
    I.
    THE suns of eighteen centuries have shone Since the Redeemer walked with man, and made
  • 453.  
    So fallen! so lost! the light withdrawn
    Which once he wore! The glory from his gray hairs gone
  • 454.  
    A gold fringe on the purpling hem
    Of hills the river runs, As down its long, green valley falls
  • 455.  
    A DREAR and desolate shore!
    Where no tree unfolds its leaves, And never the spring wind weaves
  • 456.  
    Another hand is beckoning us,
    Another call is given; And glows once more with Angel-steps
  • 457.  
    To-day the plant by Williams set
    Its summer bloom discloses; The wilding sweethrier of his prayers
  • 458.  
    The land, that, from the rule of kings,
    In freeing us, itself made free, Our Old World Sister, to us brings
  • 459.  
    HE had bowed down to drunkenness,
    An abject worshipper: The pride of manhood's pulse had grown
  • 460.  
    I wandered lonely where the pine-trees made
    Against the bitter East their barricade, And, guided by its sweet
  • 461.  
    You flung your taunt across the wave;
    We bore it as became us, Well knowing that the fettered slave
  • 462.  
    THANK God for the token! one lip is still free,
    One spirit untrammelled, unbending one knee! Like the oak of the mountain, deep-rooted and firm,
  • 463.  
    STATESMAN, I thank thee! and, if yet dissent
    Mingles, reluctant, with my large content, I cannot censure what was nobly meant.
  • 464.  
    I would not sin, in this half-playful strain,--
    Too light perhaps for serious years, though born Of the enforced leisure of slow pain,--
  • 465.  
    In the old days (a custom laid aside
    With breeches and cocked hats) the people sent Their wisest men to make the public laws.
  • 466.  
    The new world honors him whose lofty plea
    For England's freedom made her own more sure, Whose song, immortal as its theme, shall be
  • 467.  
    The shadows grow and deepen round me,
    I feel the deffall in the air; The muezzin of the darkening thicket,
  • 468.  
    In calm and cool and silence, once again
    I find my old accustomed place among My brethren, where, perchance, no human tongue
  • 469.  
    They hear Thee not, O God! nor see;
    Beneath Thy rod they mock at Thee; The princes of our ancient line
  • 470.  
    KLOSTER KEDAR, EPHRATA, PENNSYLVANIA (1738)
    SISTER MARIA CHRISTINA sings
  • 471.  
    A sound as if from bells of silver,
    Or elfin cymbals smitten clear, Through the frost-pictured panes I hear.
Total 471 poems written by John Greenleaf Whittier

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