William Gilmore Simms
William Gilmore Simms Poems
- The Lost Pleiad NOT in the sky, Where it was seen So ...
- The Decay Of A People THIS the true sign of ruin to a race— ...
- Blessings On Children Blessings on the blessing children, ...
- Ode-- I. Our city by the sea, As the rebel city ...
- The Swamp Fox WE follow where the Swamp Fox guides, His ...
- Flight To Nature SICK of the crowd, the toil, the ...
- The Angel Of The Church I. Aye, strike with sacrilegious ...
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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The Lost Pleiad
NOT in the sky,
Where it was seen
So long in eminence of light serene,—
Nor on the white tops of the glistering wave,
Nor down in mansions of the hidden deep,
Though beautiful in green
And crystal, its great caves of mystery,—
Shall the bright watcher have
Her place, and, as of old, high station keep!
Oh! nevermore, to cheer
The mariner, who holds his course alone
On the Atlantic, through the weary night,
When the stars turn to watchers, and do sleep,
Shall it again appear,
With the sweet-loving ...