The smile of God is victory.

-John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier

A grateful loving heart carries with it, under every parallel of latitude, the warmth and light of the tropics. It plants its Eden in the wilderness and solitary place, and sows with flowers the gray desolation of rock and mosses.

John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet, in the maddening maze of things, And tossed by storm and flood, To one fixed trust my spirit clings; I know that God is good!
John Greenleaf Whittier

Freedom's soil hath only place For a free and fearless race!

John Greenleaf Whittier
Who sows a field, or trains a flower, Or plants at tree, is more than all.
John Greenleaf Whittier

The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'

John Greenleaf Whittier
On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll; on plastic clay and leather scroll, man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed, and lo! the Press was found at last!
John Greenleaf Whittier

And step by step, since time began, I see the steady gain of man.

John Greenleaf Whittier
We faintly hear, we dimly see, In differing phrase we pray; But dim or clear, we own in Him The life, the truth, the way.
John Greenleaf Whittier

Somewhat of goodness, something trueFrom sun and spirit shining throughAll faiths, all worlds, as through the darkOf ocean shines the lighthouse spark,Attests the presence everywhereOf love and providential care.

John Greenleaf Whittier
Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young.