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

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


John Greenleaf Whittier

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I am always wary of decisions made hastily. I am always wary of the first decision, that is, the first thing that comes to my mind if I have to make a decision. This is usually the wrong thing. I have to wait and assess, looking deep into myself, taking the necessary time.”
– Pope Francis,

who was born on this date in 1936


The Wake Up CallPoem of the Day:
Somehow, Not Only For Christmas
by John Greenleaf Whittier,
who was born on this date in 1807
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The Wake Up Call – December 17, 2014


The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
17 December 2012


Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…


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Poem of the day: “Forgiveness” by John Greenleaf Whitter, who was born on this day in 1807.
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“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”  – Sufi Poet Rumi, who died on this day 1273
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“Only two classes of books are of universal appeal. The very best and the very worst.”  – Novelist Ford Maddox Ford, born on this day in 1873.


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Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

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John Greenleaf Whittier

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John Greenleaf WhittierMy 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;

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My Triumph
John Greenleaf Whittier

The autumn-time has come;
On woods that dream of bloom,
And over purpling vines,
The low sun fainter shines.

The aster-flower is failing,
The hazel’s gold is paling;
Yet overhead more near
The eternal stars appear!

And present gratitude
Insures the future’s good,
And for the things I see
I trust the things to be;

That in the paths untrod,
And the long days of God,
My feet shall still be led,
My heart be comforted.

O living friends who love me!
O dear ones gone above me!
Careless of other fame,
I leave to you my name.

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We  have recently made a slight change to our format and the reviews, excerpts, poems, etc. of our Midweek update will be posted to “pages” on the ERB website, and announced via social media.  If you’re a “first-to-know” sort of person, you can get these updates when they first come out in one of two ways:

Otherwise, in our regular issue each Friday, we will recap the content of our midweek update.  For instance, this week’s update included: