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Among the Hills: Prelude [excerpt]


No time is this for hands long overworn
To task their strength; and (unto Him be praise
Who giveth quietness!) the stress and strain
Of years that did the work of centuries
Have ceased, and we can draw our breath once more
Freely and full. So, as yon harvesters
Make glad their nooning underneath the elms
With tale and riddle and old snatch of song,
I lay aside grave themes, and idly turn
The leaves of Memory's sketch-book, dreaming o'er
Old summer pictures of the quiet hills,
And human life, as quiet, at their feet.

Credit


From John Greenleaf Whittier: Selected Poems (American Poets Project). Published by Library of America, 2004.

 

Author


John Greenleaf Whittier

An American poet and editor, John Greenleaf Whittier was born December 17, 1807

Date Published: 2004-01-01

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