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JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER
American poet, reformer and author
(1807 - 1892)
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Speed on the ship;--But let her bear
  No merchandise of sin,
    No groaning cargo of despair
      Her roomy hold within;
        No Lethean drug for Eastern lands,
          Nor poison-draught for ours;
            But honest fruits of toiling hands
              And Nature's sun and showers.
      - The Ship-Builders [Ships]

Rap, rap! upon the well-worn stone,
  How falls the polished hammer!
    Rap, rap! the measured sound has grown
      A quick and merry clamor.
        Now shape the sole! how deftly curl
          The glassy vamp around it,
            And bless the while the bright-eyed girl
              Whose gentle fingers bound it!
      - The Shoemakers [Shoemaking]

Again the blackbirds sings; the streams
  Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams,
    And tremble in the April showers
      The tassels of the maple flowers.
      - The Singer (st. 20) [April]

So let it be in God's own might
  We gird us for the coming fight,
    And, strong in Him whose cause is ours
      In conflict with unholy powers,
        We grasp the weapons he has given,--
          The Light, and Truth, and Love of Heaven.
      - Thor Moral Warfare [Strength]

The fates are just: they give us but our own;
  Nemesis ripens what our hands have sown.
      - To a Southern Statesman [Results]

Making their lives a prayer.
      - To A.K. on Receiving a Basket of Sea Mosses
        [Prayer]

With silence only as their benediction,
  God's angels come
    Where in the shadow of a great affliction,
      The soul sits dumb!
      - To my Friend on the Death of his Sister
        [Affliction]

Press bravely onward!--not in vain
  Your generous trust in human kind;
    The good which bloodshed could not gain
      Your peaceful zeal shall find.
      - To the Reformers of England [Zeal]

What! mothers from their children riven!
  What! God's own image bought and sold!
    Americans to market driven,
      And bartered as the brute for gold!
      - Voice of Freedom (Stanzas) [Slavery]

Our fellow-countrymen in chains!
  Slaves--in a land of light and law!
    Slaves--crouching on the very plains
      Where rolled the storm of Freedom's war!
      - Voices of Freedom--Stanzas [Slavery]

A Christian! gong, gone!
  Who bids for God's own image?--for his grace,
    Which that poor victim of the market-place
      Hath in her suffering won?
      - Voices of Freedom--The Christian Slave
        [Slavery]

Could'st thou boast, O child of weakness!
  O'er the sons of wrong and strife,
    Were their strong temptations planted
      In thy path of life?
      - What the Voice Said [Temptation]

But, by all thy nature's weakness,
  Hidden faults and follies known,
    Be thou, in rebuking evil,
      Conscious of thine own.
      - What the Voice Said (st. 15) [Evil]

When earth as if on evil dreams
  Looks back upon her wars,
    And the while light of Christ outstreams
      From the red disc of Mars,
        His fame, who led the stormy van
          Of battle, well may cease;
            But never that which crowns the man
              Whose victory was peace.
      - William Francis Bartlett [Peace]

Our lives are albums written through
  With good or ill, with false or true;
    And as the blessed angels turn
      The pages of our years,
        God grant they read the good with smiles,
          And blot the ill with tears!
      - Written in a Lady's Album [Life]


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