John Greenleaf Whittier – Five Poems

September 6, 2018 — Leave a comment

 

Tomorrow (Sept. 7) marks the anniversary of the death of Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whitter (d. 1892).

We celebrate the occasion with five of our favorite poems by him…

 

Forgiveness
John Greenleaf Whittier

 

My heart was heavy, for its trust had been
Abused, its kindness answered with foul wrong;
So, turning gloomily from my fellow-men,
One summer Sabbath day I strolled among
The green mounds of the village burial-place;
Where, pondering how all human love and hate
Find one sad level; and how, soon or late,
Wronged and wrongdoer, each with meekened face,
And cold hands folded over a still heart,
Pass the green threshold of our common grave,
Whither all footsteps tend, whence none depart,
Awed for myself, and pitying my race,
Our common sorrow, like a nighty wave,
Swept all my pride away, and trembling I forgave!
 

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