John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier Poems
- Barbara Frietchie Up from the meadows rich with corn, Clear ...
- In School-Days Still sits the school-house by the road, A ...
- Forgiveness My heart was heavy, for its trust had been ...
- The Barefoot Boy Blessings on thee, little man, Barefoot ...
- Maud Muller Maud Muller on a summer's day Raked the meadow ...
- A Word For The Hour The firmament breaks up. In black ...
- Flowers In Winter How strange to greet, this frosty morn, ...
John Greenleaf Whittier 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.
Early Life and Work
John Greenleaf Whittier was born to John and Abigail (Hussey) at their rural homestead near Haverhill, Massachusetts, on December 17, 1807. He grew up ... more »
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Up from the meadows rich with corn,
Clear in the cool September morn,
The clustered spires of Frederick stand
Green-walled by the hills of Maryland.
Round about them orchards sweep,
Apple and peach tree fruited deep,
Fair as the garden of the Lord
To the eyes of the famished rebel horde,
On that pleasant morn of the early fall
When Lee marched over the mountain-wall;
Over the mountains winding down,
Horse and foot, into Frederick town.
Forty flags with their silver stars,
Forty flags with their crimson bars,
Flapped in the ...