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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Old portraits and modern Sketches (search)
is hissing lightning slakes. The incense is to Heaven dear, Not as a perfume, but a tear; And stars shine lovely in the night, But as they seem the tears of light. Ope, then, mine eyes, your double sluice, And practise so your noblest use; For others, too, can see or sleep, But only human eyes can weep. The Bermuda Emigrants has some happy lines, as the following:— He hangs in shade the orange bright, Like golden lamps in a green night. Or this, which doubtless suggested a couplet in Moore's Canadian Boat Song:— And all the way, to guide the chime, With falling oars they kept the time. His facetious and burlesque poetry was much admired in his day; but a great portion of it referred to persons and events no longer of general interest. The satire on Holland is an exception. There is nothing in its way superior to it in our language. Many of his best pieces were originally written in Latin, and afterwards translated by himself. There is a splendid Ode to Cromwell— wo<
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Historical papers (search)
e of Ireland to combine for national independence, until there was an end of unjust political degradation of the great majority and of the unjust political ascendancy of the few. Under his directions the people of Ireland had effectually nullified the tithe system, by refusing, ill common with the Quakers, to pay for the support of a church with whose ministry they had no communion; and when their property was seized, in default of payment, by the tithe-proctor, the odious tithe-proctor, as Moore, in his Captain Rock, calls him, no Irishman, with one spark of national feeling in his bosom, could be found to purchase it. Yet the Whig ministry sustained this religious robbery, and, weary of fruitless expostulation with an English Parliament, O'Connell commenced openly his agitation for a repeal of the Union. Here, too, the spirit of Ireland has been with him. The tithe system, unutterably odious and full of all injustice, had prepared the way for this expression of feeling on the