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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
Personal Poems
Written on a Blank Leaf of His Memoirs

DEAR friends, who read the world aright,
  And in its common forms discern
A beauty and a harmony
  The many never learn!
Kindred in soul of him who found        5
  In simple flower and leaf and stone
The impulse of the sweetest lays
  Our Saxon tongue has known,—
Accept this record of a life
  As sweet and pure, as calm and good,        10
As a long day of blandest June
  In green field and in wood.
How welcome to our ears, long pained
  By strife of sect and party noise,
The brook-like murmur of his song        15
  Of nature’s simple joys!
The violet by its mossy stone,
  The primrose by the river’s brim,
And chance-sown daffodil, have found
  Immortal life through him.        20
The sunrise on his breezy lake,
  The rosy tints his sunset brought,
World-seen, are gladdening all the vales
  And mountain-peaks of thought.
Art builds on sand; the works of pride        25
  And human passion change and fall;
But that which shares the life of God
  With Him surviveth all.


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