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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 3. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Anti-Slavery Poems (search)
ms. out of Canaan hauled Seemed turning on its track again, And like a great swamp-turtle crawled To Canaan village back again, Shook off the mud and settled flat Upon its underpinning; A nigger on its ridge-pole sat, From ear to ear a-grinning. Gray H——d heard oa nights the sound Of rail-cars onward faring; Right over Democratic ground The iron horse came tearing. A flag waved o'er that spectral train, As high as Pittsfield steeple; Its emblem was a broken chain; Its motto: ‘To the people! ’ se never grew! Great drops on the bunch-grass, But not of the dew! A taint in the sweet air For wild bees to shun! A stain that shall never Bleach out in the sun! Back, steed of the prairies! Sweet song-bird, fly back! Wheel hither, bald vulture! Gray wolf, call thy pack! The foul human vultures Have feasted and fled; The wolves of the Border Have crept from the dead. From the hearths of their cabins, The fields of their corn, Unwarned and unweaponed, The victims were torn,— By the whirlwin
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 3. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Songs of Labour and Reform (search)
edom dies Of nations eaten up like flies! Speak, Prince and Kaiser, Priest and Czar! If this be Peace, pray what is War? White Angel of the Lord! unmeet That soil accursed for thy pure feet. Never in Slavery's desert flows The fountain of thy charmed repose; No tyrant's hand thy chaplet weaves Of lilies and of olive-leaves; Not with the wicked shalt thou dwell, Thus saith the Eternal Oracle; Thy home is with the pure and free! Before thee, to prepare thy way, The Baptist Shade of Liberty, Gray, scarred and hairy-robed, must press With bleeding feet the wilderness! Oh that its voice might pierce the ear Of princes, trembling while they hear A cry as of the Hebrew seer: Repent! God's kingdom draweth near 1852. Astraea. “Jove means to settle Astrnea in her seat again, And let down from his golden chain An age of better metal.” Ben Jonson, 1615. O poet rare and old! Thy words are prophecies; Forward the age of gold, The new Saturnian lies. The universal prayer And ho
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 4. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Occasional Poems (search)
of woman, As Gorton led his saints elect, Who held all things in common! Their gay robes trailed in ditch and swamp, And torn by thorn and thicket, The dancing-girls of Merry Mount Came dragging to my wicket. Shrill Anabaptists, shorn of ears; Gray witch-wives, hobbling slowly; And Antinomians, free of law, Whose very sins were holy. Hoarse ranters, crazed Fifth Monarchists, Of stripes and bondage braggarts, Pale Churchmen, with singed rubrics snatched From Puritanic fagots. And last, not ngs when our lives were new, For all the good vouchsafed us since. The pain that spared us sorer hurt, The wish denied, the purpose crossed, And pleasure's fond occasions lost, Were mercies to our small desert. Tis something that we wander back, Gray pilgrims, to our ancient ways, And tender memories of old days Walk with us by the Merrimac; That even in life's afternoon A sense of youth comes back again, As through this cool September rain The still green woodlands dream of June. The eyes g
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 4. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Appendix (search)
shriek--one vengeful yell, Sent like an arrow to the sky, Told when the hunter-monarch fell! 1829. Mount Agiochook. The Indians supposed the White Mountains were the residence of powerful spirits, and in consequence rarely ascended them. Gray searcher of the upper air, There's sunshine on thy ancient walls, A crown upon thy forehead bare, A flash upon thy waterfalls. A rainbow glory in the cloud Upon thine awful summit bowed, The radiant ghost of a dead storm! And music from the leafy all, Light laughing, like the streams that fall In music down thy rocky wall, And only when their careless tread Lays bare an Indian arrow-head, Spent and forgetful of the deer, Think of the race that perished here. Oh, sacred to the Indian 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 voic
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 4. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Index of first lines (search)
ilent past, i. 37. God bless New Hampshire! from her granite peaks, III. 101. God bless ye, brothers! in the fight, III. 280. God called the nearest angels who dwell with Him above, II. 309. God's love and peace be with thee, where, IV. 70. Gone before us, O our brother, IV. 14. Gone, gone,—sold and gone, III. 56. Gone hath the spring, with all its flowers, II. 20. Gone to thy Heavenly Father's rest, III. 43. Graceful in name and in thyself, our river, IV. 308. Gray searcher of the upper air, IV. 347. Great peace in Europe! Order reigns, III.) 37. Hail, heavenly gift! within the human breast, IV. 336. Hail to Posterity, i. 321. Hands off! thou tithe-fat plunderer! play, IV. 59. Happy young friends, sit by me, i. 416. Haunted of Beauty, like the marvellous youth, IV. 154. Have I not voyaged, friend beloved, with thee, II. 299. Have ye heard of our hunting, o'er mountain and glen, III. 33. Heap high the farmer's wintry hoard
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 5. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Tales and Sketches (search)
rs are turned, hath done it. To Him be all the glory., Charms and fairy faith. Up the airy mountain, Down the rushy glen, We dare n't go a-hunting For fear of little men. Wee folk, good folk, Trooping all together; Green jacket, red cap, Gray cock's feather. Allingham. it was from a profound knowledge of human nature that Lord Bacon, in discoursing upon truth, remarked that a mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure. Doth any man doubt, he asks, that if there were taken out of men's A vision of it haunted the contemplations of Plato. It is seen in the half-inspired speculations of the old Indian mystics. The Cumaean sibyl saw it in her trances. The apostles and martyrs of our faith looked for it anxiously and hopefully. Gray anchorites in the deserts, worn pilgrims to the holy places of Jewish and Christian tradition, prayed for its coming. It inspired the gorgeous visions of the early fathers. In every age since the Christian era, from the caves, and forests, and s
but the power of taxing is the grand barrier of British liberty. If this is once broken down, all is lost. In a word, say they, representing truly the point of resistance at which America was that year ready to halt, a people may be free, and tolerably happy, without a particular branch of trade; but without the privilege of assessing their own taxes they can be neither. Letter of the House to Jasper the Memorial is declared to have Mauduit. At the same time, Otis, Cushing, Thacher, Gray, and Sheafe, as the committee for corresponding with the other colonies, sent a circular letter to them all, exposing the danger that menaced their most essential rights, and desiring their united assistance. Thus the legislature adopted the principles and the line of conduct which the town of Boston, at the im pulse of Samuel Adams, had recommended. In the Rights of the Colonists, by Otis, the Instructions of the town of Boston are printed; and been drawn up by Otis, and to have been pre
f the aristocracy; neither for the spirit of the time, nor for the past age, nor for that which was coming. It was a conglomerate of inferior and heterogeneous materials, totally unfit to guide the policy of a mighty empire, endured only during an interim. The period in British history was one of great and Chap. I.} 1778. increasing intellectual vigor. It was distinguished in philosophy by Hume and Reid and Price and Adam Smith; in painting by Reynolds; in poetry and various learning by Gray and Goldsmith, Johnson and Cowper; in legislative eloquence by Chatham, Burke, and Fox; in history by Gibbon; in the useful arts by Brindley, Watt, and Arkwright. That the nation, in a state of high and advancing culture, should have been governed by a sordid ministry, so inferior to itself as that of Lord North, was not due to the corruption of parliament alone; for there was always in the house of commons an independent fraction, disposed to give its votes with judicial fairness. It canno
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 6., The Lawrence Light Guard.—Continued. (search)
listment. The arrival of new tents, letters from home, which had been delayed, and certain news that they were to be mustered out, were good medicine for invalids. March 3, 1899, one of the Light Guard wrote home, The fashion of dying has ceased to be, and all are on the mend. On the 31st the 5th was mustered out at Greenville, but the men came home in a body and passed in review before Gov. Wolcott at the State House. Capt. Clark brought back to Medford his whole company, except Sergt. Gray, who was recovering from typhoid fever, and his brother, who stayed behind as nurse and companion. In the state which was the hot-bed of secession, these Massachusetts troops did their part to heal old wounds, especially when they stood guard at a Confederate monument, ready to die, if need be, to save it from desecration. These men enlisted with as pure motives as any soldiers ever had, and although they never reached the seat of war, we honor them for what they were willing to do,
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