Image from page 346 of “The poets and poetry in America, to the middle of the nineteenth century” (1850)

Image from page 346 of “The poets and poetry in America, to the middle of the nineteenth century” (1850)
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Identifier: poetspoetryiname00gris
Title: The poets and poetry in America, to the middle of the nineteenth century
Year: 1850 (1850s)
Authors: Griswold, Rufus W. (Rufus Wilmot), 1815-1857
Subjects: American poetry
Publisher: Philadelphia, Carey and Hart
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress

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y visionBeckon thee to fields Elysian] Seest thou shadows sailing by,As the dove, with startled eye,Sees the falcons shadow fly 1 Hearest thou voices on the shore,That our ears perceive no more,Deafend by the cataracts roar 1 O, thou child of many prayers! Life hath quicksands,—Life hath snares! Care and age come unawares ! Like the swell of some sweet tune,Morning rises into noon,May glides onward into June. Childhood is the bough where slumberdBirds and blossoms many-numberd;—Age, that bough with snows encumberd. Gather, then, each flower that grows,When the young heart overflows,To embalm that tent of snows. Bear a lily in thy hand ; Gates of brass cannot withstand One touch of that magic wand. Bear, through sorrow, wrong, and ruth,In thy heart the dew of youth,On thy lips the smile of truth. 0, that dew, like balm, shall stealInto wounds, that cannot heal,Even as sleep our eyes doth seal; And that smile, like sunshine, dartInto many a sunless heart.For a smile of God thou art.

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i m &a WILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS. [Born, 1807.] The author of Guy Rivers, Southern Pas-sages and Pictures, etc., was born in Charleston,South Carolina, in the spring of 1807. His motherdied during his infancy, and his father soon afteremigrated to one of the western territories, leavinghim under the guardianship of a grandmother,who superintended his early education. Whennot more than nine or ten years old, he began towrite verses ; at fifteen he was a contributor to thepoetical department of the gazettes printed nearhis home; and at eighteen he published his firstvolume, entitled Lyrical and other Poems,which was followed in the nest two years by Early Lays, and The Vision of Cortez andother Pieces, and in 1830, by The Tricolor, orThree Days of Blood in Paris. In each of thesefour volumes there were poetical ideas, and occa-sionally well-finished verses; but they are worthyof little regard, except as indications of the earlytendency of the authors mind. When twenty-one years old, Mr.

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