John Greenleaf Whittier

POETRY: Crucifixion by John Greenleaf Whittier

March 31, 2017

Sunlight upon Judah’s hills! And light on the waves of Galilee; On Jordan’s stream, and on the rills The feed the dead and sleeping sea! Most freshly from the green wood springs The light breeze on its scented wings; And gayly quiver in the sun The ceder tops of Lebanon! A few more hours, —a change hath come! The sky is dark without a cloud! The shouts of wrath and joy are dumb, And proud knees unto earth are bowed! A change is on the hill of Death, The helmed watchers pant for breath. And turn with wild and maniac eyes From the dark scene of sacrifice! That Sacrifice! —the death of Him, — The Christ of God, the holy One! Well may the conscious Heaven grow dim, And blacken the beholding Sun. The wonted light hath fled [...]

POETRY: The Over-Heart, by John Greenleaf Whittier

June 10, 2015

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36) Above, below, in sky and sod, In leaf and spar, in star and man, Well might the wise Athenian scan The geometric signs of God, The measured order of His plan. And India’s mystics sang aright, Of the one life pervading all,— One being’s tidal rise and fall In soul and form, in sound and sight,— Eternal outflow and recall. God is: and [...]