Poet John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier Poems

  • 151.  
    The Benedictine Echard
    Sat by the wayside well,Where Marsberg sees the bridal
  • 152.  
    Unnoted as the setting of a star
    He passed; and sect and party scarcely knewWhen from their midst a sage and seer withdrew
  • 153.  
    Oh, dwarfed and wronged, and stained with ill,
    Behold! thou art a woman still!And, by that sacred name and dear,
  • 154.  
    Type of two mighty continents!--combining
    The strength of Europe with the warmth and glowOf Asian song and prophecy,--the shining
  • 155.  
    WRITTEN ON A BLANK LEAF OF HIS MEMOIRS.

  • 156.  
    As a guest who may not stay
    Long and sad farewells to sayGlides with smiling face away,
  • 157.  
    WILDLY round our woodland quarters
    Sad-voiced Autumn grieves;Thickly down these swelling waters
  • 158.  
    Behind us at our evening meal
    The gray bird ate his fill,Swung downward by a single claw,
  • 159.  
    The pines were dark on Ramoth hill,
    Their song was soft and low;The blossoms in the sweet May wind
  • 160.  
    THE tossing spray of Cocheco's fall
    Hardened to ice on its rocky wall,As through Dover town in the chill, gray dawn,
  • 161.  
    THE Rabbi Nathan two-score years and ten
    Walked blameless through the evil world, and then,Just as the almond blossomed in his hair,
  • 162.  
    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 three,
  • 163.  
    MEN! if manhood still ye claim,
    If the Northern pulse can thrill,Roused by wrong or stung by shame,
  • 164.  
    The day is closing dark and cold,
    With roaring blast and sleety showers;And through the dusk the lilacs wear
  • 165.  
    THE storm and peril overpast,
    The hounding hatred shamed and still,Go, soul of freedom! take at last
  • 166.  
    Here, while the loom of Winter weaves
    The shroud of flowers and fountains,I think of thee and summer eves
  • 167.  
    It is done!
    Clang of bell and roar of gunSend the tidings up and down.
  • 168.  
    AN AUTOGRAPH.

  • 169.  
    One Sabbath day my friend and I
    After the meeting, quietlyPassed from the crowded village lanes,
  • 170.  
    THY error, Frémont, simply was to act
    A brave man's part, without the statesman's tact,And, taking counsel but of common sense,
  • 171.  
    A bending staff I would not break,
    A feeble faith I would not shake,Nor even rashly pluck away
  • 172.  
    TO WILLIAM BRADFORD.

  • 173.  
    The tree of Faith its bare, dry boughs must shed
    That nearer heaven the living ones may climb;The false must fail, though from our shores of time
  • 174.  
    The river hemmed with leaning trees
    Wound through its meadows green;A low, blue line of mountains showed
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  • 182.  
    Spare me, dread angel of reproof,
    And let the sunshine weave to-day Its gold-threads in the warp and woof
  • 183.  
    AT THE UNVEILING OF HIS STATUE.
    Among their graven shapes to whom
  • 184.  
    It was the pleasant harvest time,
    When cellar-bins are closely stowed, And garrets bend beneath their load,
  • 185.  
    Weary of jangling noises never stilled,
    The skeptic's sneer, the bigot's hate, the din Of clashing texts, the webs of creed men spin
  • 186.  
    I SAID I stood upon thy grave,
    My Mother State, when last the moon Of blossoms clomb the skies of June.
  • 187.  
    Tauler, the preacher, walked, one autumn day,
    Without the walls of Strasburg, by the Rhine, Pondering the solemn Miracle of Life;
  • 188.  
    ANNIE and Rhoda, sisters twain,
    Woke in the night to the sound of rain,
  • 189.  
    WITH a cold and wintry noon-light.
    On its roofs and steeples shed, Shadows weaving with t e sunlight
  • 190.  
    VOICE of a people suffering long,
    The pathos of their mournful song, The sorrow of their night of wrong!
  • 191.  
    Up the streets of Aberdeen,
    By the kirk and college green, Rode the Laird of Ury;
  • 192.  
    O Dearly loved!
    And worthy of our love! No more Thy aged form shall rise before
  • 193.  
    FOR A SUMMER FESTIVAL AT 'THE LAURELS' ON THE MERRIMAC.
    Once more on yonder laurelled height
  • 194.  
    1775.
    No Berserk thirst of blood had they,
  • 195.  
    FROM the green Amesbury hill which bears the name
    Of that half mythic ancestor of mine Who trod its slopes two hundred years ago,
  • 196.  
    SCARCE had the solemn Sabbath-bell
    Ceased quivering in the steeple, Scarce had the parson to his desk
  • 197.  
    God called the nearest angels who dwell with Him above:
    The tenderest one was Pity, the dearest one was Love.
  • 198.  
    Oh, thicker, deeper, darker growing,
    The solemn vista to the tomb Must know henceforth another shadow,
  • 199.  
    Though flowers have perished at the touch
    Of Frost, the early comer, I hail the season loved so much,
  • 200.  
    LIFT again the stately emblem on the Bay State's rusted shield,
    Give to Northern winds the Pine-Tree on our banner's tattered field. Sons of men who sat in council with their Bibles round the board,
Total 471 poems written by John Greenleaf Whittier

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