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From the April 1886 issue of The Christian Science Journal

While intellect and reason may concur in giving to Browning and Dante a prominent place in the long line of the world's great poets, the heart pleads for the Quaker Bard, of our own time and land. Word-pictures may awe and thrill us, rhetoric and grace of diction may charm the ear; but the keynote of harmony, running through Whittier's rhymes, has its chord in the human affections.