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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 1. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Narrative and legendary poems (search)
wrong,— And in the ear of Pride and Power Our warning voice is strong. Easier to smite with Peter's sword Than ‘watch one hour’ in humbling prayer. Life's ‘great things,’ like the Syrian lord, Our hearts can do and dare. But oh! we shrink from Jordan's side, From waters which alone can save; And murmur for Abana's banks And Pharpar's brighter wave. O Thou, who in the garden's shade Didst wake Thy weary ones again, Who slumbered at that fearful hour Forgetful of Thy pain; Bend o'er us now, ribes? What faith In Him had Nain and Nazareth? Of the few followers whom He led One sold Him,—all forsook and fled. O friend! we need nor rock nor sand, Nor storied stream of Morning-Land; The heavens are glassed in Merrimac,— What more could Jordan render back? We lack but open eye and ear To find the Orient's marvels here; The still small voice in autumn's hush, Yon maple wood the burning bush. For still the new transcends the old, In signs and tokens manifold; Slaves rise up men;