John Greenleaf Whittier

Haverhill, Massachusetts
John Greenleaf Whittier
Haverhill, Massachusetts
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Anniversary Poem

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ONCE, more, dear friends, you meet beneath
A clouded sky:
Not yet the sword has found its sheath,
And on the sweet spring airs the breath
Of war floats by.
Yet trouble springs not from the ground,
Nor pain from chance;
The Eternal order circles round,
And wave and storm find mete and bound
In Providence.
Full long our feet the flowery ways
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Susan Williams 01 April 2016
He had a point back then and it is true enough in our age but perhaps more today about the weakening of our moral strength by prosperity instead of a lack of war, we haven't gone a year without a war somewhere calling our name- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -] Full long our feet the flowery ways Of peace have trod, Content with creed and garb and phrase: A harder path in earlier days Led up to God. Too cheaply truths, once purchased dear, Are made our own;
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