William Gilmore Simms
William Gilmore Simms Poems
- Ode-- I. Our city by the sea, As the rebel city ...
- Song In March NOW are the winds about us in their glee, ...
- Blessings On Children Blessings on the blessing children, ...
- The Swamp Fox WE follow where the Swamp Fox guides, His ...
- The Decay Of A People THIS the true sign of ruin to a race— ...
- The Bard Where dwells the spirit of the Bard--what ...
- Sumter In Ruins I. Ye batter down the lion's den, But yet ...
Simms was born in Charleston, S.C., and lived much of his life in or near it.
The embodiment of southern letters, Simms was also an influential spokesman for what he saw as the region's social and political concerns. A unionist in the 1832 nullification controversy, in the 1840s he supported the intensely nationalistic Young America group, which pushed for American freedom from British literary models. Active in politics, he served in the South Carolina Legislature from 1844 to 1846, conferred with prominent planters like James Henry Hammond about southern agricultural policies, conducted a copious correspondence with fire-eating Beverley Tucker of Virginia about slavery and ... more »
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Our city by the sea,
As the rebel city known,
With a soul and spirit free
As the waves that make her zone,
Stands in wait for the fate
From the angry arm of hate;
But she nothing fears the terror of his blow;
She hath garrisoned her walls,
And for every son that falls,
She will spread a thousand palls
Old Moultrie at her gate,
Clad in arms and ancient fame.
Grimly watching, stands elate
To deliver bolt and flame!
Brave the band, at command,
To illumine sea and land
With a glory that shall honor days of ...