John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier Poems
- In School-Days Still sits the school-house by the road, A ...
- Barbara Frietchie Up from the meadows rich with corn, Clear ...
- Forgiveness My heart was heavy, for its trust had been ...
- A Word For The Hour The firmament breaks up. In black ...
- Maud Muller Maud Muller on a summer's day Raked the meadow ...
- The Barefoot Boy Blessings on thee, little man, Barefoot ...
- 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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Still sits the school-house by the road,
A ragged beggar sleeping;
Around it still the sumachs grow,
And blackberry-vines are creeping.
Within, the master's desk is seen,
Deep-scarred by raps official;
The warping floor, the battered seats,
The jack-knife's carved initial;
The charcoal frescoes on its wall;
Its door's worn sill, betraying
The feet that, creeping slow to school,
Went storming out to playing!
Long years ago a winter sun
Shone over it at setting;
Lit up its western window-panes,
And low eaves' icy fretting. ...