The Life, Character and Writings of William Cullen Bryant: A Commemorative Address Delivered Before the New York Historical Society, at the Academy of Music, December 30, 1878

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C. Scribner's sons, 1879 - American poetry - 64 pages
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Page 62 - As the bird trims her to the gale, I trim myself to the storm of time, I man the rudder, reef the sail, Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime: 'Lowly faithful, banish fear, Right onward drive unharmed; The port, well worth the cruise, is near, And every wave is charmed.
Page 31 - The time shall come, when free as seas or wind Unbounded Thames shall flow for all mankind, Whole nations enter with each swelling tide, And seas but join the regions they divide; 400 Earth's distant ends our glory shall behold, And the new world launch forth to seek the old.
Page 55 - Few, few were they whose swords of old Won the fair land in which we dwell ; But we are many, we who hold The grim resolve to guard it well. Strike for that broad and goodly land, Blow after blow, till men shall see That Might and Right move hand in hand, And glorious must their triumph be.
Page 8 - But an old age serene and bright, And lovely as a Lapland night, Shall lead thee to thy grave.
Page 47 - French in all his greatness with those of that honoured individual, who would this day lay his head upon his pillow and remember that the Slave Trade was no more ; the whole House, surprised into a forgetfulness of its ordinary habits, burst forth into acclamations of applause.
Page 53 - Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again; The eternal years of God are hers; But Error, wounded, writhes in pain, And dies among his worshippers.
Page 28 - But thou, my country, thou shalt never fall, Save with thy children — thy maternal care, Thy lavish love, thy blessings showered on all — These are thy fetters — seas and stormy air Are the wide barrier of thy borders, where, Among thy gallant sons that guard thee well, Thou laugh'st at enemies : who shall then declare The date of thy deep-founded strength, or tell How happy, in thy lap, the sons of men shall dwell ? T THANATOPSIS.
Page 63 - These to their softened hearts should bear The thought of what has been, And speak of one who cannot share The gladness of the scene; Whose part, in all the pomp that fills The circuit of the summer hills, Is— that his grave is green; And deeply would their hearts rejoice To hear again his living voice.
Page 10 - ... courage, did his part in holding the hand and heart of his country true to her now glorious ideal." And again, in still more emphatic strain : — " It is by no official title, by no mere literary fame, by no signal or single service or work, no marvelous Lear or Transfiguration, no stroke of statecraft calling to political life a new world to redress the balance of the old, no resounding Austerlitz or triumphant Trafalgar, that Bryant is commemorated. There may have been, in his long lifetime,...

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