John Greenleaf Whittier Poems

John Greenleaf Whittier was an American poet and Quaker who advocated for the abolition of slavery. He is often regarded, or linked, with the Fireside Poets. His 1866 book, Snow-Bound, is one of his best-known works. Several of his poems were turned into hymns and speak on sentimental and religious themes.

The Eternal Goodness

by John Greenleaf Whittier

‘The Eternal Goodness’ by John Greenleaf Whittier is a relatively unknown 19th-century poem that explores religious themes and the various ways that God’s love comes through. 

John Greenleaf Whittier's poems are not widely known, but this is one of the more commonly read poems he wrote in his lifetime. It explores highly relatable themes, as does much of his work.

O friends! with whom my feet have trod

The quiet aisles of prayer,

Glad witness to your zeal for God

And love of man I bear.


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The Barefoot Boy

by John Greenleaf Whittier

‘The Barefoot Boy’ by John Greenleaf Whittier is a highly relatable poem that speaks on universal themes of aging and the beauty and joy of youth. The poem celebrates a young boy’s freedom and mourns the coming of age. 

This Whittier poem is a lovely discussion of youth and aging. The poet makes his position very clear as he discusses how much he misses running free as the "Barefoot Boy" does.

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