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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 4. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Personal Poems (search)
we learn to prize above The whole round world beside! 1850. Elliott. Ebenezer Elliott was to the artisans of England what Burns was to the peasantry of Scotland. His Corn-law Rhymes contributed not a little to that overwhelming tide of popular opinion and feeling which resulted in the repeal of the tax on bread. Well hncy skyward flying. I saw the same blithe day return, The same sweet fall of even, That rose on wooded Craigie-burn, And sank on crystal Devon. I matched with Scotland's heathery hills The sweetbrier and the clover; With Ayr and Doon, my native rills, Their wood-hymns chanting over. O'er rank and pomp, as he had seen, I saw th upraise His veil with reverent hands; And mingle with thy own the praise And pride of other lands. Let Greece his fiery lyric breathe Above her hero-urns; And Scotland, with her holly, wreathe The flower he culled for Burns. Oh, stately stand thy palace walls, Thy tall ships ride the seas; To-day thy poet's name recalls A prou
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 4. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Poems by Elizabeth H. Whittier (search)
ed men. All is lost! The godless triumph, And the faithful ones and true From the scaffold and the prison Covenant with God anew. On the darkness of his dreaming Great and sudden glory shone; Over bonds and death victorious Stands he by the Father's throne! From the radiant ranks of martyrs Notes of joy and praise he hears, Songs of his poor land's deliverance Sounding from the future years. Lo, he wakes! but airs celestial Bathe him in immortal rest, And he sees with unsealed vision Scotland's cause with victory blest. Shining hosts attend and guard him As he leaves his prison door; And to death as to a triumph Walks the great MacCallum More! Lines Written on the departure of Joseph Sturge, after his visit to the abolitionists of the United States. fair islands of the sunny sea! midst all rejoicing things, No more the wailing of the slave a wild discordance brings; On the lifted brows of freemen the tropic breezes blow, The mildew of the bondman's toil the land no mor
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 4. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Appendix (search)
seer, Gray altar of the men of old! Not vainly to the listening ear The legends of thy past are told,— Tales of the downward sweeping flood, When bowed like reeds thy ancient wood; Of armed hands, and spectral forms; Of giants in their leafy shroud, And voices calling long and loud In the dread pauses of thy storms. For still within their caverned home Dwell the strange gods of heathendom! 1829 The Drunkard to his Bottle. I was thinking of the temperance lyrics the great poet of Scotland might have written had he put his name to a pledge of abstinence, a thing unhappily unknown in his day. The result of my cogitation was this poor imitation of his dialect. Hoot!—daur ye shaw ye're face again, Ye auld black thief oa purse an' brain? For foul disgrace, for dool an' pain Ana shame I ban ye: Wae's me, that e'er my lips have ta'en Your kiss uncanny! Nae mair, auld knave, without a shillina To keep a starvina wight frae stealina Ye'll sena me hameward, blina and reelina Frae n