John Pierpont

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John Pierpont

John Pierpont (April 6, 1785 – August 27, 1866) was an American poet, who was also successively a teacher, lawyer, merchant, and Unitarian minister. His most famous poem is The Airs of Palestine.


  • A weapon that comes down as still
    As snowflakes fall upon the sod;
    But executes a freeman's will,
    As lightning does the will of God;
    And from its force nor doors nor locks
    Can shield you,—'t is the ballot-box.
    • A Word from a Petitioner, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • From every place below the skies
    The grateful song, the fervent prayer,—
    The incense of the heart, —may rise
    To heaven, and find acceptance there.
    • Every Place a Temple, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "This is that incense of the heart / Whose fragrance smells to heaven" Nathaniel Cotton, The Fireside, stanza 11.

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