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John Greenleaf Whittier

1807–1892. American poet.

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At a Glance

Jane of Lantern Hill (1)

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The Eternal Goodness (1)

The Eternal Goodness (1865 poem)

I know not where His islands lift
   Their fronded palms in air
I only know I cannot drift
   Beyond His love and care. (Lines 77–80)

Jane of Lantern Hill, chapter 9 (“islands that lifted their fronded palms in air”).


Whittier, John Greenleaf. The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier, in Four Volumes, Volume 2: Poems of Nature, Religions Poems, Etc. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company; Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1892. (“The Eternal Goodness,” pp. 267–271.) Online at