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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
 
Narrative and Legendary Poems
The Pennsylvania Pilgrim
Prelude
 
I SING the Pilgrim of a softer clime
  And milder speech than those brave men’s who brought
To the ice and iron of our winter time
  A will as firm, a creed as stern, and wrought
  With one mailed hand, and with the other fought.        5
Simply, as fits my theme, in homely rhyme
  I sing the blue-eyed German Spener taught,
Through whose veiled, mystic faith the Inward Light,
  Steady and still, an easy brightness, shone,
Transfiguring all things in its radiance white.        10
The garland which his meekness never sought
  I bring him; over fields of harvest sown
  With seeds of blessing, now to ripeness grown,
I bid the sower pass before the reapers’ sight.
 
 
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