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The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

John Greenleaf Whittier

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He is usually listed as one of the Fireside Poets. John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17 1807 – September 7 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Highly regarded in his lifetime and for a period thereafter he is now remembered for his poem Snow-Bound and the words of the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind from his poem "The Brewing of Soma" sung to music by Hubert Parry.

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