Treasure Island

Joseph Rodman Drake

(1795-1820 / United States)

Quotations

  • ''Then shall thy meteor glances glow,
    And cowering foes shall shrink beneath
    Each gallant arm that strikes below
    That lovely messenger of death.''
    Joseph Rodman Drake (1795-1820), U.S. poet. The American Flag (l. 40-43). . . 101 Patriotic Poems. (1986) Contemporary Books.
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  • ''When Freedom, from her mountain height,
    Unfurled her standard to the air,
    She tore the azure robe of night,
    And set the stars of glory there;''
    Joseph Rodman Drake (1795-1820), U.S. poet. The American Flag (l. 1-4). . . 101 Patriotic Poems. (1986) Contemporary Books.
  • ''Forever float that standard sheet!
    Where breathes the foe but falls before us,
    With Freedom's soil beneath our feet,
    And Freedom's banner streaming o'er us!''
    Joseph Rodman Drake (1795-1820), U.S. poet. The American Flag (l. 58-61). . . 101 Patriotic Poems. (1986) Contemporary Books.
  • ''And when the cannon-mouthings loud
    Heave in wild wreaths the battle-shroud,''
    Joseph Rodman Drake (1795-1820), U.S. poet. The American Flag (l. 36-37). . . 101 Patriotic Poems. (1986) Contemporary Books.

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Lines To A Lady

YES! heaven protect thee, thou gem of the ocean;
Dear land of my sires, though distant thy shores;
Ere my heart cease to love thee, its latest emotion,
The last dying throbs of its pulse must be o'er.

And dark were the bosom, and cold and unfeeling,
That tamely could listen unmoved at the call,
When woman, the warm soul of melody stealing,
Laments for her country and sighs o'er its fall.

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