William Gilmore Simms

(1806 - 1870 / USA)

Quotations

  • ''We follow where the Swamp Fox guides,
    His friends and merry men are we;
    And when the troop of Tarleton rides,
    We burrow in the cypress tree.
    The turfy hammock is our bed,
    Our home is in the red deer's den,
    Our roof, the tree-top overhead,
    For we are wild and hunted men.''
    William Gilmore Simms (1806-1872), U.S. novelist. The Swamp Fox (l. 1-8). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday & Company.
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  • ''The Tory camp is now in sight,
    And there he cowers within his den;
    He hears our shouts, he dreads the fight,
    He fears, and flies from Marion's men.''
    William Gilmore Simms (1806-1872), U.S. novelist. The Swamp Fox (l. 77-80). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday & Company.

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The Bard

Where dwells the spirit of the Bard--what sky
Persuades his daring wing,--
Folded in soft carnation, or in snow
Still sleeping, far o'er summits of the cloud,
And, with a seeming, sweet unconsciousness,
Wooing his plume, through baffling storms to fly,
Assured of all that ever yet might bless
The spirit, by love and loftiest hope made proud,
Would he but struggle for the dear caress!--

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