Forceythe Willson

(1837-1867 / USA)

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Byron Forceythe Willson (April 10, 1837 – February 2, 1867) was a nineteenth century American poet. He was the brother of Kentucky governor Augustus E. Willson.

Willson attended Antioch College in Ohio and Harvard University but was prevented from finishing a credential by the onset of tuberculosis. Instead, he became an editorial writer for the Louisville Journal (later part of the ... more »

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The Old Sergeant

“COME a little nearer, Doctor,—thank you,—let me take the cup:
Draw your chair up,—draw it closer,—just another little sup!
May be you may think I ’m better; but I ’m pretty well used up:—
Doctor, you’ve done all you could do, but I ’m just a going up!

“Feel my pulse, sir, if you want to, but it ain’t much use to try:”—
“Never say that,” said the Surgeon as he smothered down a sigh;
“It will never do, old comrade, for a soldier to say die!”
“What you say will make no difference, Doctor, when you come to die.

“Doctor, what has been the matter?” “You were very ...

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