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William Cullen Bryant

(November 3, 1794 – June 12, 1878 / Boston)

William Cullen Bryant
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an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post.

Bryant was born on November 3, 1794, in a log cabin near Cummington, Massachusetts; the home of his birth is today marked with a plaque. He was the second son of Peter Bryant, a doctor and later a state legislator, and Sarah Snell. His maternal ancestry traces back to passengers on the Mayflower; his father's, to colonists who arrived about a dozen years later.

Bryant and his family moved to a new home when he was two years old. The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, his boyhood home, is now a museum. After just two years at Williams College, he studied law in Worthington and ... more »

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  • ''Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness—a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.''
    William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), U.S. poet, editor. Speech, December 15, 1851.
  • on thy brow
    Shall sit a nobler grace than now.
    Deep in the brightness of the skies
    The thronging years in glory rise.
    And, as they fleet,
    Drop strength and riches at...
    William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), U.S. poet. Oh Mother of a Mighty Race (l. 37-42). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed...
  • ''There's freedom at thy gates and rest
    For Earth's downtrodden and oppressed,''
    William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), U.S. poet. Oh Mother of a Mighty Race (l. 31-32). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed...
  • ''Oh mother of a mighty race,
    Yet lovely in thy youthful grace!
    The elder dames, thy haughty peers,
    Admire and hate thy blooming years.''
    William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), U.S. poet. Oh Mother of a Mighty Race. . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Do...
  • ''When you can pipe that merry old strain,
    Robert of Lincoln, come back again.''
    William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), U.S. poet. Robert of Lincoln (l. 68-69). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, The. Donald Hall, ed. ...
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