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William Shakespeare :
This bless├Ęd plot, this earth, this realm, this England This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings, . . . This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Contrasting England as "This other Eden" with its present state of degeneration, "leased out ... like to a tenement or pelting farm." John of Gaunt, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 1.]
William Blake :
I traveld thro' a Land of Men A Land of Men & Women too, And heard & saw such dreadful things As cold Earth wanderers never knew.
[William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Mental Traveller (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.]
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Henry David Thoreau :
When the committee from Plymouth had purchased the territory of Eastham of the Indians, "it was demanded, who laid claim to Billingsgate?" which was understood to be all that part of the Cape north of what they had purchased. "The answer was, there was not any who owned it. 'Then,' said the committee, 'that land is ours.' The Indians answered, that it was." This was a remarkable assertion and admission. The Pilgrims appear to have regarded themselves as Not Any's representatives. Perhaps this was the first instance of that quiet way of "speaking for" a place not yet occupied, or at least not improved as much as it may be, which their descendants have practiced, and are still practicing so extensively. Not Any seems to have been the sole proprietor of all America before the Yankees. But history says, that when the Pilgrims had held the lands of Billingsgate many years, at length, "appeared an Indian, who styled himself Lieutenant Anthony," who laid claim to them, and of him they bought them. Who knows but a Lieutenant Anthony may be knocking at the door of the White House some day? At any rate, I know that if you hold a thing unjustly, there will surely be the devil to pay at last.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 43, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
John Crowe Ransom :
Tawny are the leaves turned, but they still hold. It is the harvest; what shall this land produce? A meager hill of kernels, a runnel of juice. Declension looks from our land, it is old.
[John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974), U.S. poet. Antique Harvesters (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.]
Alfred Noyes :
she cannot understand What she wants or why she wanders to that undiscovered land, For the parties there are not at all the sort of thing she planned, In the land where the dead dreams go.
[Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Barrel-Organ (l. 84-87). . . Family Book of Verse, The. Lewis Gannett, ed. (1961) Harper & Row.]
Alfred Tennyson :
O Love, what hours were thine and mine, In lands of palm and southern pine; In lands of palm, of orange-blossom, Of olive, aloe, and maize and vine.
[Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), British poet. The Daisy (l. 1-4). . . Tennyson; a Selected Edition. Christopher Ricks, ed. (1989) University of California Press.]
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Alfred Tennyson :
"Courage!" he said, and pointed toward the land, "This mounting wave will roll us shoreward soon." In the afternoon they came unto a land In which it seemed always afternoon.
[Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), British poet. The Lotus-Eaters (l. 1-4). . . Tennyson; a Selected Edition. Christopher Ricks, ed. (1989) University of California Press.]
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H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken :
If George Washington were alive today, what a shining mark he would be for the whole camorra of uplifters, forward-lookers and professional patriots! He was the Rockefeller of his time, a promoter of stock companies, a land-grabber, an exploiter of mines and timber.... He was not pious. He drank whiskey whenever he felt chilly, and kept a jug of it handy. He knew far more profanity than Scripture, and used and enjoyed it more. He had no belief in the infallible wisdom of the common people, but regarded them as inflammatory dolts and tried to save the Republic from them.... He took no interest in the private morals of his neighbors. Inhabiting these States today, George would be ineligible for any office of honor or profit.
[H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. originally published in Damn! A Book of Calumny (1918). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 9, pp. 67-68, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).]
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Amelia Edwards :
The Queen has lands and gold, Mother The Queen has lands and gold, While you are forced to your empty breast A skeleton Babe to hold
[Amelia Edwards (1831-1892), British writer, Egyptologist. Give Me Three Grains of Corn, Mother, st. 4.]
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Samuel Francis Smith :
My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From every mountain-side Let freedom ring!
[Samuel Francis Smith (1808-1895), U.S. poet. America (l. 1-7). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Books.]
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