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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
20. A New England Church
By Wilton Agnew Barrett
THE WHITE church on the hill
  Looks over the little bay—
A beautiful thing on the hill
  When the mist is gray;
When the hill looks old, and the air turns cold        5
  With the dying day!
The white church on the hill—
  A Greek in a Puritan town—
Was built on the brow of the hill
  For John Wesley’s God’s renown,        10
And a conscience old set a steeple cold
  On its Grecian crown.
In a storm of faith on the hill
  Hands raised it over the bay.
When the night is clear on the hill,        15
  It stands up strong and gray;
But its door is old, and the tower points cold
  To the Milky Way.
The white church on the hill
  Looks lonely over the town.        20
Dim to them under the hill
  Is its God’s renown,
And its Bible old, and its creed grown cold,
  And the letters brown.


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