William Gilmore Simms

(1806 - 1870 / USA)

Poems of William Gilmore Simms

1. Blessings On Children 1/1/2004
2. Flight To Nature 4/19/2010
3. Fort Wagner 4/19/2010
4. Hast Thou A Song For A Flower. 4/19/2010
5. Morris Island 4/19/2010
6. Ode-- 4/19/2010
7. Ode-- 4/19/2010
8. Ode--Shell the Old City! Shell! 4/19/2010
9. Song In March 1/1/2004
10. Sumter In Ruins 4/19/2010
11. The Angel Of The Church 4/19/2010
12. The Bard 1/1/2004
13. The Decay Of A People 1/1/2004
14. The Lost Pleiad 1/1/2004
15. The Swamp Fox 1/1/2004

The Decay Of A People

THIS the true sign of ruin to a race—
It undertakes no march, and day by day
Drowses in camp, or, with the laggard’s pace,
Walks sentry o’er possessions that decay;
Destined, with sensible waste, to fleet away;—
For the first secret of continued power
Is the continued conquest;—all our sway
Hath surety in the uses of the hour;
If that we waste, in vain walled town and lofty tower!

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