Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Thetford, in the English county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read ... more »
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Thomas Paine Poems
In a chariot of light from the regions of day, The Goddess of Liberty came; Ten thousand celestials directed the way
O could we always live and love,
O could we always live and love, And always be sincere, I would not wish for heaven above, My heaven would be here.
The Death Of General Wolfe
In a mouldering cave where the wretched retreat, Britannia sat wasted with care; She mourned for her Wolfe, and exclaim'd against fate
The Boston Patriotic Song
Ye sons of Columbia who bravely have fought, For those rights which unstain'd from your sires have descended.
Farmer Short's Dog Porter: A Tale
Three Justices (so says my tale) Once met upon the public weal. For learning, law, and parts profound, Their fame was spread the county round;
To Sir Robert Smyth, Paris, 1800.
'TIS that delightsome transport we can feel Which painters cannot paint, nor words reveal, Nor any art we know of can conceal.
Hail Great Republic
Hail great Republic of the world, Which rear'd her empire in the West, Where fam'd Columbus' flag unfurl'd,
Quick as the lightning's vivid flash The poet's eye o'er Europe rolls; Sees battles rage, hears tempests crash,
Tune-Anacreon in Heaven To Columbia who, gladly reclined at her ease On Atlantic's broad bosom, lay smiling in peace,
From The Castle In The Air, To The Littl...
In the region of clouds, where the whirlwinds arise, My castle of fancy was built; The turrets reflected the blue from the skies,
Impromptu, On A Long-Nosed Friend
Going along the other day, Upon a certain plan; I met a nose upon the way, Behind it was a man.
A Commentary On The Eastern Wise Men
Three pedlers traveling to a fair, To see the fun and what was there, And sell their merchandise; They stopp'd upon the road to chat,
The Strange Story of Korah, Dathan, and ...
Old ballads sing of Chevy Chase, Beneath whose rueful shade, Full many a valiant man was slain And many a widow made.
Impromptu On Bachelors' Hall
Fair Venus so often was miss'd from the skies, And Bacchus as frequently absent likewise, That the synod began to inquire out the reason,
Quotationsmore quotations »
''Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.''Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1776).
''In the progress of politics, as in the common occurrences of life, we are not only apt to forget the ground we have travelled over, but frequently neglect to gather up experiences as we go.''Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1777). Written as part of a series of pamphlets and entitled Th...
''Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.''Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-U.S. political theorist, writer. Common Sense, ch. 1 (1776).
''When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.''Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense, ch. 4 (1776).
''Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.''Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1777). Written as part of a series of pamphlets and entitled Th...
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In a chariot of light from the regions of day,
The Goddess of Liberty came;
Ten thousand celestials directed the way
And hither conducted the dame.
A fair budding branch from the gardens above,
Where millions with millions agree,
She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love,
And the plant she named Liberty Tree.
The celestial exotic struck deep in the ground,
Like a native it flourished and bore;
The fame of its fruit drew the nations around,
To seek out this peaceable shore.
Unmindful of names or distinction they came,
For freemen like brothers ...