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William Shakespeare :
This bless├Ęd plot, this earth, this realm, this England This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings, . . . This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Contrasting England as "This other Eden" with its present state of degeneration, "leased out ... like to a tenement or pelting farm." John of Gaunt, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 1.]
William Blake :
I traveld thro' a Land of Men A Land of Men & Women too, And heard & saw such dreadful things As cold Earth wanderers never knew.
[William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Mental Traveller (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.]
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Henry David Thoreau :
When the committee from Plymouth had purchased the territory of Eastham of the Indians, "it was demanded, who laid claim to Billingsgate?" which was understood to be all that part of the Cape north of what they had purchased. "The answer was, there was not any who owned it. 'Then,' said the committee, 'that land is ours.' The Indians answered, that it was." This was a remarkable assertion and admission. The Pilgrims appear to have regarded themselves as Not Any's representatives. Perhaps this was the first instance of that quiet way of "speaking for" a place not yet occupied, or at least not improved as much as it may be, which their descendants have practiced, and are still practicing so extensively. Not Any seems to have been the sole proprietor of all America before the Yankees. But history says, that when the Pilgrims had held the lands of Billingsgate many years, at length, "appeared an Indian, who styled himself Lieutenant Anthony," who laid claim to them, and of him they bought them. Who knows but a Lieutenant Anthony may be knocking at the door of the White House some day? At any rate, I know that if you hold a thing unjustly, there will surely be the devil to pay at last.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 43, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
Samuel Francis Smith :
My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From every mountain-side Let freedom ring!
[Samuel Francis Smith (1808-1895), U.S. poet. America (l. 1-7). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Books.]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of land.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Farming," Society and Solitude (1870).]
Herman Melville :
Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises ... the best excellence in the children of any other land.
[Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "Hawthorne And His Mosses," Literary World (August 17-24, 1850).]
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John Masefield :
It's a fine land, the west land, for hearts as tired as mine, Apple orchards blossom there, and the air's like wine.
[John Masefield (1878-1967), British poet. The West Wind (l. 5-6). . . Modern American & British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed., in consultation with Karl Shapiro and Richard Wilbur. (Rev., shorter ed., 1955) Harcourt, Brace and Company.]
Oscar Wilde :
A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.
[Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895). The Fortnightly Review (Feb. 1891).]
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Dylan Thomas :
The land of my fathers. My fathers can have it.
[Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Welsh poet. Adam (London, Dec. 1953). Land of my Fathers is the Welsh national anthem.]
Herman Melville :
tea, a decoction that enlarges the spleen and warpest the brain, or lightly floating the spirit for a while at last lands it in a dry place.
[Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "Jack Gentian" (posthumous), p. 372, Billy Budd and Other Prose Pieces, The Works of Herman Melville, vol. 13, ed. Raymond M. Weaver (1924).]
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