John Greenleaf Whittier (18071892). The Poetical Works in Four Volumes. 1892.
Poems Subjective and Reminiscent
On the occasion of my seventieth birthday in 1877, I was the recipient of many tokens of esteem. The publishers of the Atlantic Monthly gave a dinner in my name, and the editor of The Literary World gathered in his paper many affectionate messages from my associates in literature and the cause of human progress. The lines which follow were written in acknowledgment.
BESIDE that milestone where the level sun,
Nigh unto setting, sheds his last, low rays
On word and work irrevocably done,
Lifes blending threads of good and ill outspun,
I hear, O friends! your words of cheer and praise,