Poet John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier Poems

  • 251.  
    ONCE, more, dear friends, you meet beneath
    A clouded sky: Not yet the sword has found its sheath,
  • 252.  
    In that black forest, where, when day is done,
    With a snake's stillness glides the Amazon Darkly from sunset to the rising sun,
  • 253.  
    Blossom and greenness, making all
    The winter birthday tropical, And the plain Quaker parlors gay,
  • 254.  
    WHEN Freedom, on her natal day,
    Within her war-rocked cradle lay, An iron race around her stood,
  • 255.  
    Make, for he loved thee well, our Merrimac,
    From wave and shore a low and long lament For him, whose last look sought thee, as he went
  • 256.  
    In the fair land o'erwatched by Ischia's mountains,
    Across the charmed bay Whose blue waves keep with Capri's silver fountains
  • 257.  
    BEAR him, comrades, to his grave;
    Never over one more brave Shall the prairie grasses weep,
  • 258.  
    We had been wandering for many days
    Through the rough northern country. We had seen The sunset, with its bars of purple cloud,
  • 259.  
    The mercy, O Eternal One! By man unmeasured yet,
  • 260.  
    She came and stood in the Old South Church,
    A wonder and a sign, With a look the old-time sibyls wore,
  • 261.  
    To weary hearts, to mourning homes,
  • 262.  
    In the outskirts of the village
    On the river's winding shores Stand the Occidental plane-trees,
  • 263.  
    John Brown of Ossawatomie spake on his dying day:
    'I will not have to shrive my soul a priest in Slavery's pay. But let some poor slave-mother whom I have striven to free,
  • 264.  
    O dearest bloom the seasons know,
    Flowers of the Resurrection blow, Our hope and faith restore;
  • 265.  
    O lonely bay of Trinity,
    O dreary shores, give ear! Lean down unto the white-lipped sea
  • 266.  
    O Mother State! the winds of March
    Blew chill o'er Auburn's Field of God, Where, slow, beneath a leaden arch
  • 267.  
    A BLUSH as of roses
    Where rose never grew! Great drops on the bunch-grass,
  • 268.  
    All day the darkness and the cold
    Upon my heart have lain, Like shadows on the winter sky,
  • 269.  
  • 270.  
    One day, along the electric wire
    His manly word for Freedom sped; We came next morn: that tongue of fire
  • 271.  
    Around Sebago's lonely lake
    There lingers not a breeze to break The mirror which its waters make.
  • 272.  
    "Put up the sword!" The voice of Christ once more
    Speaks, in the pauses of the cannon's roar, O'er fields of corn by fiery sickles reaped
  • 273.  
    The same old baffling questions! O my friend,
    I cannot answer them. In vain I send My soul into the dark, where never burn
  • 274.  
    Read at the unveiling of the bust of Elizabeth Fry at the Friends'
    School, Providence, R. I.
  • 275.  
    THE Quaker of the olden time!
    How calm and firm and true, Unspotted by its wrong and crime,
  • 276.  
    God's love and peace be with thee, where
    Soe'er this soft autumnal air Lifts the dark tresses of thy hair.
  • 277.  
    Fate summoned, in gray-bearded age, to act A history stranger than his written fact,
  • 278.  
    THE Rabbi Ishmael, with the woe and sin
    Of the world heavy upon him, entering in The Holy of Holies, saw an awful Face
  • 279.  
    I shall not soon forget that sight
    The glow of Autumn's westering day, A hazy warmth, a dreamy light,
  • 280.  
    IS this thy voice whose treble notes of fear
    Wail in the wind? And dost thou shake to hear, Actæon-like, the bay of thine own hounds,
  • 281.  
    HAVE ye heard of our hunting, o'er mountain and glen,
    Through cane-brake and forest, â?? the hunting of men? The lords of our land to this hunting have gone,
  • 282.  
    The sun that brief December day
    Rose cheerless over hills of gray, And, darkly circled, gave at noon
  • 283.  
    At morn I prayed, 'I fain would see
    How Three are One, and One is Three; Read the dark riddle unto me.'
  • 284.  
    They left their home of summer ease
    Beneath the lowland's sheltering trees, To seek, by ways unknown to all,
  • 285.  
    THROUGH heat and cold, and shower and sun,
    Still onward cheerly driving! There's life alone in duty done,
  • 286.  
    No more these simple flowers belong
  • 287.  
    FROM Yorktown's ruins, ranked and still, Two lines stretch far o'er vale and hill:
  • 288.  
    Father! to Thy suffering poor
    Strength and grace and faith impart, And with Thy own love restore
  • 289.  
    BENEATH the low-hung night cloud
    That raked her splintering mast The good ship settled slowly,
  • 290.  
    'Jove means to settle
    Astraea in her seat again, And let down his golden chain
  • 291.  
    MY ear is full of summer sounds,
    Of summer sights my languid eye; Beyond the dusty village bounds
  • 292.  
    A CHRISTIAN! going, gone!
    Who bids for God's own image? for his grace, Which that poor victim of the market-place
  • 293.  
    FRIENDof the Slave, and yet the friend of all; Lover of peace, yet ever foremost when
  • 294.  
    O Norah, lay your basket down,
    And rest your weary hand, And come and hear me sing a song
  • 295.  
    Outbound, your bark awaits you. Were I one
    Whose prayer availeth much, my wish should be Your favoring trad-wind and consenting sea.
  • 296.  
  • 297.  
    Sad Mayflower! watched by winter stars,
    And nursed by winter gales, With petals of the sleeted spars,
  • 298.  
    THE moon has set: while yet the dawn
    Breaks cold and gray, Between the midnight and the morn
  • 299.  
    Of all that Orient lands can vaunt
    Of marvels with our own competing, The strangest is the Haschish plant,
  • 300.  
    'Encore un hymne, O ma lyre Un hymn pour le Seigneur,
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.

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