Young America: A Poem

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D. Appleton and Company, 1865 - 49 pages
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Page 34 - Slow melting strains their Queen's approach declare: Where'er she turns the Graces homage pay. With arms sublime, that float upon the air, In gliding state she wins her easy way: O'er her warm cheek, and rising bosom, move The bloom of young Desire, and purple light of Love.
Page 23 - May do as noble deeds as theirs, In living and in dying. And make, for children yet to come, The land of their bequeathing The imperial and the peerless home Of happiest beings breathing.
Page 13 - Wake at the fanning of the wings of day, And birds and bells, in garden, tree, and tower, Bow to the bidding of the wakening hour, And breathe, the Hamlet's happy homes among Morn's fragrant music from their lips of Song.
Page 24 - ... And make, for children yet to come, The land of their bequeathing The imperial and the peerless home Of happiest beings breathing. For this the warrior-path we tread, The battle-path of duty, And change, for field and forest-bed, Our bowers of love and beauty.
Page 22 - Nearer the bugle's echo comes, Nearer the fife is singing, Near and more near the roll of drums Through the air is ringing. War ! it is thy music proud, Wakening the brave-hearted ; Memories — hopes — a glorious crowd, At its call have started. Memories of our sires of old, Who, oppression-driven. High their rainbow flag unrolled To the sun and sky of heaven. Memories of the true and brave, Who, at Honor's bidding, Stepped, their country's life to save, To war as to their wedding. Memories of...
Page 25 - A listener to no counsels but his own, The soldier leader of a soldier band, Whose prescient skill, quick eye, and brief command, Have won for him, on many a field of fame, The immortality of a victor's name. His troops, in thousands, now are marching by, Heart-homage seen in each saluting eye, And sword, and lance, and banner, bowing down In tributary grace, before his bright renown. And on, and on, as rank on rank appears, Come, fast and loud, the thrice-repeated cheers From voices of brave men...
Page 33 - Merrily smiles the morning rose The morning sun to see, And merrily, merrily greets the rose The honey-seeking bee. But merrier, merrier far are these, Who bring, on the wings of the morning breeze, A music sweeter than her own, A happy group of loves and graces, Graceful forms and lovely faces, All in gay delight outflown ; Outflown from their school-room cages, School-room rules, and school-room pages, Lovely in their teens and tresses, Summer smiles, and summer dresses, Joyous in their...
Page 49 - There but remains one promise to fulfil, I bow myself obedient to its will, And am prepared to settle down in life By wooing — winning — wedding A RICH WIFE.145 Among others, Duyckinck found the above stanza a "most lame and impotent conclusion," although Adkins felt that the critic seemed "largely to have missed the satiric touch with which the poem concludes.
Page 10 - ESTÉREO, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1861, by D. APPLETON & COMPANY, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court...
Page 47 - Lady, though too few and brief, there arc bright mo ments still, When I can free my prisoned thoughts, and wing them where I will. And then thy smiles come o'er my heart, like sunbeams on the sea, And I can feel as once I felt, when all was well with me.

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