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“This Still Room”—a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier, a Quaker and abolitionist, was one of New England’s group of “Fireside Poets” of 19th century America.

This Still Room
And so I find it well to come for deeper rest to this still room,
for here the habit of the soul
Feels less the outer world’s control;
For strength of mutual purpose pleads more earnestly our common needs;
And from the silence multiplied
By these still forms on either side,
The world that time and sense have known
Falls off and leaves us God alone.

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