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Ay, call it holy ground,
The soil where first they trod : They have left unstained what there they found, Freedom to worship God.
Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers. Through the laburnum's dropping gold Rose the light shaft of Orient mould, And Europe's violets, faintly sweet, Purpled the mossbeds at its feet. The Palm-Tree. They grew in beauty side by side,
They filled one home with glee: Their graves are severed far and wide By mount and stream and sea.
The Graves of a Household. Alas for love, if thou wert all, And naught beyond, O Earth!
Ibid. The boy stood on the burning deck,
Whence all but him had fed;
An' stars to set; but all,
The Hour of Death Come to the sunset tree!
The day is past and gone;
Tyrolese Evening Song. In the busy haunts of men.
Tale of the Secret Tribunal. Parti Calm on the bosom of thy God, Fair spirit, rest thee now!
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brother back to me!
The Child's First Grief.
The Voice of Spring.
EDWARD EVERETT. 1794-1865.
When I am dead, no pageant train
Shall waste their sorrows at my bier,
Stain it with hypocritic tear. Alaric the Visigoth
Your monuments upon my breast,
Lay down the wreck of power to rest,
the mountain-stream shall turn,
A resting-place forever there. No gilded dome swells from the lowly roof to catch the morning or evening beam ; but the love and gratitude of united America settle upon it in one eternal sunshine. From beneath that humble roof went forth. the intrepid and unselfish warrior, the magistrate who knew no glory but his country's good; to that he returned, happiest when his work was done. There he lived in noble simplicity, there he died in glory and peace. While it stands, the latest generations of the grateful children of America will make this pilgrimage
to it as to a shrine; and when it shall fall, if fall it must, the memory and the name of Washington shall shed an eternal glory on the spot.
Oration on the Character of Washington.
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT. 1794-1878.
Here the free spirit of mankind, at length,
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Thanatopsis. Go forth under the open sky, and list To Nature's teachings.
Ibid. The hills, Rock-ribbed, and ancient as the sun. Old ocean's gray and melancholy waste.
Ibid. All that tread The globe are but a handful to the tribes That slumber in its bosom.
Toid. So live, that when thy summons comes to join The innumerable caravan which moves To that mysterious realm where each shall take His chamber in the silent halls of death, Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night, Scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
1 The edition of 1821 read,
The innumerable caravan that moves
groves were God's first temples. A Forest Hymn.
With winds and clouds and changing skies ;
That through the snowy valley flies. March.
Autumn Woods. The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year, Of wailing winds and naked woods and meadows brown
The Death of the Flowers, And sighs to find them in the wood and by the streain no
A Scene on the Banks of the Uludson.
The eternal years of God are hers;
JOSEPH RODMAN DRAKE. 1795-1820.
Cnfuried her standard to the air,
And set the stars of glory there.
And striped its pure, celestial white
By angel hands to valour given!
And all thy hues were born in heaven.
Where breathes the foe but falls before us,
The American Flag
JOHN KEATS. 1795-1821.
Endymion. Book I.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
He ne'er is crown'd
I bade good-morrow,
But cheerly, cheerly,
She loves me dearly;
There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: