To E. C. S.

John Greenleaf Whittier 1807 (Haverhill) – 1892 (Hampton Falls)



Poet and friend of poets, if thy glass
Detects no flower in winter's tuft of grass,
Let this slight token of the debt I owe
Outlive for thee December's frozen day,
And, like the arbutus budding under snow,
Take bloom and fragrance from some morn of May
When he who gives it shall have gone the way
Where faith shall see and reverent trust shall know.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 14, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABCBCCB
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 351
Words 68
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 8

John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. more…

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