Poet John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier Poems

  • 151.  
    OLOR ISCANUS queries: 'Why should we
    Vex at the land's ridiculous miserie?' So on his Usk banks, in the blood-red dawn
  • 152.  
    THE old Squire said, as he stood by his gate,
    And his neighbor, the Deacon, went by, 'In spite of my bank stock and real estate,
  • 153.  
    Sweetest of all childlike dreams
    In the simple Indian lore Still to me the legend seems
  • 154.  
    Thou hast fallen in thine armor,
    Thou martyr of the Lord With thy last breath crying 'Onward!'
  • 155.  
    NOW, joy and thanks forevermore!
    The dreary night has wellnigh passed, The slumbers of the North are o'er,
  • 156.  
    'T is the noon of the spring-time, yet never a bird
    In the wind-shaken elm or the maple is heard; For green meadow-grasses wide levels of snow,
  • 157.  
    SAINT PATRICK, slave to Milcho of the herds
    Of Ballymena, wakened with these words: 'Arise, and flee
  • 158.  
    Last night, just as the tints of autumn's sky
    Of sunset faded from our hills and streams, I sat, vague listening, lapped in twilight dreams,
  • 159.  
    A railway conductor who lost his life in an accident on a Connecticut
    railway, May 9, 1873.
  • 160.  
    The great work laid upon his twoscore years
    Is done, and well done. If we drop our tears, Who loved him as few men were ever loved,
  • 161.  
    IT was late in mild October, and the long autumnal rain
    Had left the summer harvest-fields all green with grass again; The first sharp frosts had fallen, leaving all the woodlands gay
  • 162.  
    Out from Jerusalem
    The king rode with his great War chiefs and lords of state,
  • 163.  
    I.
    Light, warmth, and sprouting greenness, and o'er all Blue, stainless, steel-bright ether, raining down
  • 164.  
    Ere down yon blue Carpathian hills
    The sun shall sink again, Farewell to life and all its ills,
  • 165.  
    Up from the meadows rich with corn,
    Clear in the cool September morn,
  • 166.  
    TOKEN Of friendship true and tried,
    From one whose fiery heart of youth With mine has beaten, side by side,
  • 167.  
    The harp at Nature's advent strung
    Has never ceased to play; The song the stars of morning sung
  • 168.  
    My garden roses long ago
    Have perished from the leaf-strewn walks; Their pale, fair sisters smile no more
  • 169.  
    ON READING HER POEM IN 'THE STANDARD.'

  • 170.  
    Immortal love, forever full,
    Forever flowing free, Forever shared, forever whole,
  • 171.  
    O painter of the fruits and flowers,
    We own wise design, Where these human hands of ours
  • 172.  
    ALL grim and soiled and brown with tan,
    I saw a Strong One, in his wrath, Smiting the godless shrines of man
  • 173.  
    Seeress of the misty Norland,
    Daughter of the Vikings bold, Welcome to the sunny Vineland,
  • 174.  
    Far away in the twilight time
    Of every people, in every clime, Dragons and griffins and monsters dire,
  • 175.  
    We live by Faith; but Faith is not the slave
    Of text and legend. Reason's voice and God's, Nature's and Duty's, never are at odds.
  • 176.  
    The burly driver at my side,
    We slowly climbed the hill, Whose summit, in the hot noontide,
  • 177.  
    Ah! weary Priest! - with pale hands pressed
    On thy throbbing brow of pain, Baffled in thy life-long quest,
  • 178.  
    WHEN first I saw our banner wave
    Above the nation's council-hall, I heard beneath its marble wall
  • 179.  
    I. NOON.
    White clouds, whose shadows haunt the deep, Light mists, whose soft embraces keep
  • 180.  
    If thou of fortune be bereft,
    and in thy store there be but left two loaves, sell one, and with the
  • 181.  
    Andrew Rykman's dead and gone;
    You can see his leaning slate In the graveyard, and thereon
  • 182.  
    Thine are all the gifts, O God!
    Thine the broken bread; Let the naked feet be shod,
  • 183.  
    This, the last of Mr. Whittier's poems, was written but a few weeks before his death.
    Among the thousands who with hail and cheer
  • 184.  
    I write my name as one,
    On sands by waves o'errun Or winter's frosted pane,
  • 185.  
    Who, looking backward from his manhood's prime,
    Sees not the spectre of his misspent time? And, through the shade
  • 186.  
    AMIDST thy sacred effigies
    Of old renown give place, O city, Freedom-loved! to his
  • 187.  
    ON HER RETURN FROM EUROPE.
    How smiled the land of France
  • 188.  
    The gulf of seven and fifty years
    We stretch our welcoming hands across; The distance but a pebble's toss
  • 189.  
    I LOVE the old melodious lays
    Which softly melt the ages through, The songs of Spenserâ??s golden days,
  • 190.  
    ' A! fredome is a nobill thing!
    Fredome mayse man to haif liking. Fredome all solace to man giffis;
  • 191.  
    Gone hath the Spring, with all its flowers,
    And gone the Summer's pomp and show, And Autumn, in his leafless bowers,
  • 192.  
    Around Sebago's lonely lake
    There lingers not a breeze to break The mirror which its waters make.
  • 193.  
    "Tie stille, barn min!
    Imorgen kommer Fin, Fa'er din,
  • 194.  
    Between the gates of birth and death
    An old and saintly pilgrim passed, With look of one who witnesseth
  • 195.  
    AMONG the legends sung or said
    Along our rocky shore, The Wishing Bridge of Marblehead
  • 196.  
    Up from the sea, the wild north wind is blowing
    Under the sky's gray arch; Smiling, I watch the shaken elm-boughs, knowing
  • 197.  
    Prelude
    I sing the Pilgrim of a softer clime
  • 198.  
    Against the sunset's glowing wall
    The city towers rise black and tall, Where Zorah, on its rocky height,
  • 199.  
    One morning of the first sad Fall,
    Poor Adam and his bride Sat in the shade of Eden's wall--
  • 200.  
    The fagots blazed, the caldron's smoke
    Up through the green wood curled; 'Bring honey from the hollow oak,
Total 522 poems written by John Greenleaf Whittier

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