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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 – September 7, 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He is usually listed as one of the Fireside Poets. Whittier was strongly influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Highly regarded in his lifetime and for a period thereafter, he is now remembered for his poem Snow-Bound, and the words of the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, from his poem "The Brewing of Soma", sung to music by Hubert Parry.

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    Here Greek and Roman find themselves
    Alive along these crowded shelves;
    And Shakespeare treads again his stage,
    And Chaucer paints anew his age.
    —John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

    Small pity for him!—He sailed away
    From a leaking ship in Chaleur Bay,—
    John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

    It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.
    —Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801–1890)

    Maud Muller on a summer’s day
    Raked the meadow sweet with hay.
    —John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

    Yet here at least an earnest sense
    Of human right and weal is shown;
    A hate of tyranny intense,
    And hearty in its vehemence,
    As if my brother’s pain and sorrow were my own.

    O Freedom! if to me belong
    Nor mighty Milton’s gift divine,
    Nor Marvell’s wit and graceful song.
    Still with a love as deep and strong
    As theirs, I lay, like them, my best gifts on thy shrine!
    —John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)