De­cem­ber 17, 1807, near Ha­ver­hill, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Sep­tem­ber 7, 1892, Hamp­ton Falls, New Hamp­shire.

Un­ion Ce­me­te­ry, Ames­bu­ry, Mas­sa­chu­setts.


At age 22, Whit­ti­er be­came ed­it­or of the Am­er­i­can Man­u­fac­tur­er in Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts. In 1830, he began ed­iti­ng the Ha­ver­hill Ga­zette and the New Eng­land Week­ly Re­view (Har­tford, Con­nec­ti­cut).

In 1835, Whit­ti­er was elect­ed to the Mas­sa­chu­setts le­gis­la­ture. From 1847–59, he wrote for The Na­tion­al Era in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Whit­tier was in­flu­en­tial in the an­ti-sla­ve­ry move­ment, and served as sec­re­ta­ry of the Am­er­i­can An­ti-Sla­ve­ry So­ci­e­ty. When he moved to Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia, he ed­it­ed the Penn­syl­van­ia Free­man. Mobs at­tacked him sev­er­al times be­cause of his views.

Whi­ttier was known as Am­er­i­ca’s Qua­ker po­et: Al­most 200 hymns were formed by cen­tos from his po­ems. His works in­clude:

  1. All as God Wills
  2. All Things Are Thine
  3. Blest Land of Ju­dea
  4. Dear Lord and Fa­ther of Man­kind
  5. God Giv­eth Qui­et­ness at Last
  6. Green Earth Sends Its In­cense Up, The
  7. Harp at Na­ture’s Ad­vent Strung, The
  8. Hast Thou, ’Midst Life’s Emp­ty Nois­es
  9. I Ask Not Now for Gold to Gild
  10. I Bow My Fore­head to the Dust
  11. I Long for House­hold Voic­es Gone
  12. Immortal Love, For­ev­er Full
  13. It May Not Be Our Lot
  14. May Free­dom Speed On­ward
  15. Now Is the Seed Time
  16. O Back­ward Look­ing Son of Time
  17. O Beau­ty, Old Yet Ev­er New
  18. O Bro­ther Man
  19. O Fair­est Born of Love and Light
  20. O He Whom Je­sus Loved
  21. O Holy Fa­ther, Just and True
  22. O Lord and Mas­ter of Us All
  23. O Love! O Life!
  24. O Mak­er of the Fruits and Flowers
  25. O Not Alone with Out­ward Sign
  26. O Pure Re­form­ers, Not in Vain
  27. O Thou, at Whose Re­buke the Grave
  28. O Thou, Whose Pre­sence Went Be­fore
  29. O, What Thou Our Feet May Not Tread
  30. Old and New
  31. Our Fa­thers’ God, from Out Whose Hand
  32. Our Friend, Our Bro­ther, and Our Lord
  33. Our Thought of Thee Is Glad with Hope
  34. Path of Life We Walk To­day, The
  35. Shall We Grow Wea­ry in Our Watch?
  36. So to the Calm­ly Ga­thered Thought
  37. Sound over All Wa­ters
  38. Sport of the Change­ful Mul­ti­tude
  39. Thine Are All the Gifts, O God
  40. Thy Grace Im­part
  41. Thou Hast Fall­en in Thine Ar­mor
  42. Today, Be­neath Thy Chast­en­ing Eye
  43. We Faint­ly Hear, We Dim­ly See
  44. We See Not, Know Not
  45. We May Not Climb the Hea­ven­ly Steeps
  46. When on My Day of Life
  47. Who Fa­thoms the Eter­nal Thought
  48. With Si­lence On­ly as Their Be­ne­dic­tion
  49. Within the Mad­den­ing Maze of Things