[saymaListserv] Whittier Poem

Nancy M. Whitt nmwhitt at samford.edu
Sat Sep 14 10:17:06 JEST 2002


AYMA Friends: A music professor at Samford is trying to 
find the source of the following hymn by John Greenleaf 
Whittier.  Any ideas?  Thanks. Nancy Whitt

from Poledom
Toward a New World

Lord, for the things we see 
we trust the things to be; 
and present gratitude 
insures the future's good. 
So in the paths untrod 
and the long days of God 
our feet shall still be led, 
our hearts be comforted.

Others shall sing the song, 
others shall right the wrong–
finish what we begin, 
and all we fail of, win. 
What matter, we or they? 
ours or another's day, 
so the right word be said 
and life the sweeter made?

Hail to the coming singers! 
Hail to the brave light-bringers! 
forward we reach and share 
all that they sing or dare. 
The airs of heaven blow o'er us, 
a glory shines before us 
of what mankind shall be–
pure, generous, brave, and free.

The love of God and neighbor, 
an equal band at labor,
the richer life where beauty 
walks hand in hand with duty. 
We feel the earth move sunward, 
we join the great march onward, 
and take by faith, while living 
our freehold of thanksgiving!

John Greenleaf Whittier


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Nancy M. Whitt
Professor of English
Chair, Department of English    
Samford University
Birmingham, AL 35229
Phone: 205-726-2458 Fax: 205-726-2112 E-mail: nmwhitt at samford.edu

"Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)"

      Walt Whitman




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