In 1847 came the first general collection of his poems, and here were to be found not merely controversial verses, but spirited Songs of labor
, pictures of the lovely Merrimac
countryside, legends written in the mood of Hawthorne
, and bright bits of foreign lore and fancy.
For though Whittier
never went abroad, his quiet life at Amesbury
gave him leisure for varied reading, and he followed contemporary European
politics with the closest interest.
He emerged more and more from the atmosphere of faction and section, and, though he retained to the last his Quaker
creed, he held its simple tenets in such undogmatic and winning fashion that his hymns are sung today in all the churches.
When The Atlantic monthly
was established in 1857, Whittier
He took his place among the contributors to the new magazine not as a controversialist but as a man of letters, with such poems as Tritemius
, and Skipper Ireson's Ride
Characteristic productions of this period are My Psalm, Cobbler Keezar's vision, Andrew Rykman's Prayer, the Eternal Goodness — poems
grave, sweet, and tender.
But it was not until the publication of Snow-bound
in 1866 that hitter's