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The ocean looketh up to heaven

The ocean looketh up to heaven

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Published in 13 hymnals

Full Text

1 The ocean looketh up to heaven
As 't were a living thing;
The homage of its waves is given
In ceaseless worshiping.

2 They kneel upon the sloping sand
As bends the human knee:
A beautiful and tireless band--
The priesthood of the sea.

3 The mists are lifted from the rills,
Like the white wing of prayer;
They kneel above the ancient hills,
As doing homage there.

4 The forest-tops are lowly cast
O'er breezy hill and glen,
As if a prayerful spirit passed
On nature as on men.

5 The sky is as a temple's arch;
The blue and wavy air
Is glorious with the spirit-march
Of messengers at prayer.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #330

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier, John Greenleaf, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era. In 1840 he removed to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where most of his later works have been written. At the present time [1890] he lives alternately at Amesbury and Boston. His first poetical piece was printed in the Newburyport Free Press in 182… Go to person page >

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First Line: The ocean looketh up to heaven
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier



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The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #330TextPage Scan