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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
 
Religious Poems
The Word
 
VOICE of the Holy Spirit, making known
  Man to himself, a witness swift and sure,
  Warning, approving, true and wise and pure,
Counsel and guidance that misleadeth none!
By thee the mystery of life is read;        5
  The picture-writing of the world’s gray seers,
  The myths and parables of the primal years,
Whose letter kills, by thee interpreted
Take healthful meanings fitted to our needs,
  And in the soul’s vernacular express        10
  The common law of simple righteousness.
Hatred of cant and doubt of human creeds
May well be felt: the unpardonable sin
Is to deny the Word of God within!

  1881.
 
 
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