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John Greenleaf Whittier

Data de nascimento: 17. Dezembro 1807
Data de falecimento: 7. Setembro 1892

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John Greenleaf Whittier foi um influente poeta e advogado americano importante na abolição da escravidão nos Estados Unidos da América. Ele é frequentemente citado como um dos Fireside Poets.

Era quaker e nasceu em Haverhill, Massachussets. Filho de fazendeiro, dedicou sua vida as causas da natureza. Poeta laureado da abolição, contribuiu nas campanhas contra a escravatura. É autor das obras: The Slave Ships, Ichabod, A Dream of Summer, My Playmate, entre outras.

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„Sweeter than any sung
My songs that found no tongue“

— John Greenleaf Whittier
Context: Sweeter than any sung My songs that found no tongue; Nobler than any fact My wish that failed of act. Others shall sing the song, Others shall right the wrong,— Finish what I begin, And all I fail of win. My Triumph, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.“

— John Greenleaf Whittier
Context: Somehow not only for Christmas But all the long year through, The joy that you give to others Is the joy that comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing The poor and lonely and sad, The more of your heart's possessing Returns to make you glad. First published in The Educational Monthly of Canada, Volume 24‎ (1901), p. 29

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„For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: "It might have been!"“

— John Greenleaf Whittier
Context: Alas for maiden, alas for Judge, For rich repiner and household drudge! God pity them both! and pity us all, Who vainly the dreams of youth recall; For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: "It might have been!" Bret Harte wrote a famous parody of this famous poem, "Mrs. Judge Jenkins" in which the Judge marries Maud, and which he ends with the lines: Maud soon thought the Judge a bore, With all his learning and all his lore; And the Judge would have bartered Maud's fair face For more refinement and social grace. If, of all words of tongue and pen, The saddest are, "It might have been," More sad are these we daily see: "It is, but hadn't ought to be".

„Others shall sing the song,
Others shall right the wrong,—
Finish what I begin,
And all I fail of win.“

— John Greenleaf Whittier
Context: Sweeter than any sung My songs that found no tongue; Nobler than any fact My wish that failed of act. Others shall sing the song, Others shall right the wrong,— Finish what I begin, And all I fail of win. My Triumph, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„Nature speaks in symbols and in signs.“

— John Greenleaf Whittier
To Charles Sumner, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„Perish with him the folly that seeks through evil good.“

— John Greenleaf Whittier
Brown of Ossawatomie, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

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„Again the shadow moveth o'er
The dial-plate of time.“

— John Greenleaf Whittier
The New Year, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

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„The Beauty which old Greece or Rome
Sung, painted, wrought, lies close at home.“

— John Greenleaf Whittier
To ———, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„Each crisis brings its word and deed.“

— John Greenleaf Whittier
The lost Occasion, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

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