Songs of Labor, and Other Poems

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier  | Date: 1850

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"Thy Glory is Departed" (1850)

BY JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER

SO fallen! so lost! the light withdrawn Which once he wore! The glory from his gray hairs gone Forevermore!

Revile him not—the Tempter hath A snare for all; And pitying tears, not scorn and wrath, Befit his fall!

Oh! dumb be passion’s stormy rage, When he who might Have lighted up and led his age, Falls back in night.

Scorn! would the angels laugh, to mark A bright soul driven, Fiend-goaded, down the endless dark, From hope and heaven!

Let not the land, once proud of him, Insult him now,

Nor brand with deeper shame his dim, Dishonored brow.

But let its humbled sons, instead, From sea to lake, A long lament, as for the dead, In sadness make.

Of all we loved and honored, nought Save power remains— A fallen angel’s pride of thought, Still strong in chains.

All else is gone; from those great eyes The soul has fled: When faith is lost, when honor dies, The man is dead!

Then, pay the reverence of old days To his dead fame; Walk backward, with averted gaze, And hide the shame!

John G. Whittier, Ichabod, in his (Boston, 1850), 93–94.

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Chicago: John Greenleaf Whittier, Songs of Labor, and Other Poems in American History Told by Contemporaries, ed. Albert Bushnell Hart (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903), Original Sources, accessed May 23, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=R1BL1SKKYPW7Y32.

MLA: Whittier, John Greenleaf. Songs of Labor, and Other Poems, in American History Told by Contemporaries, edited by Albert Bushnell Hart, Vol. 4, New York, The Macmillan Company, 1903, Original Sources. 23 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=R1BL1SKKYPW7Y32.

Harvard: Whittier, JG, Songs of Labor, and Other Poems. cited in 1903, American History Told by Contemporaries, ed. , The Macmillan Company, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 23 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=R1BL1SKKYPW7Y32.