John Greenleaf Whittier

United States poet best known for his nostalgic poems about New England (1807-1892)

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No longer forward nor behindI look in hope or fearBut, grateful, take the good I findThe best of now and here.Rate it:
For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these 'It might have been'Rate it:
Clothe with life the weak intent, let me be the thing I meant.Rate it:
For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
the saddest are these, "It might have been!"
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Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.Rate it:
Here Greek and Roman find themselves alive along these crowded shelves; and Shakespeare treads again his stage, and Chaucer paints anew his age.Rate it:
In any man who dies there dies with him, his first snow and kiss and fight... Not people die but worlds die in them.Rate it:
O Time and change! -- with hair as gray as was my sire's that winter day, how strange it seems, with so much gone of life and love, to still live on!Rate it:
Of all sad words of tongue and pen the saddest are these, what might have been.Rate it:
Of all that Orient lands can vaunt, of marvels with our own competing, the strangest is the Haschish plant, and what will follow on its eating.Rate it:
Peace hath higher tests of manhood than battle ever knew.Rate it:
Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.Rate it:
The dreariest spot in all the land to Death they set apart; with scanty grace from Nature's hand, and none from that of Art.Rate it:
The saddest thing of word or pen, To know the things that might have been.Rate it:
Through this broad street, restless ever, ebbs and flows a human tide, wave on wave a living river; wealth and fashion side by side; Toiler, idler, slave and master, in the same quick current glide.Rate it:

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