William Ross Wallace

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William Ross Wallace (1819 – May 5, 1881) was an American poet, with Scottish roots, best known for writing "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World".

Wallace was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1819.His father, a Presbyterian preacher, died when Wallace was still an infant. Wallace was educated at Bloomington and South Hanover College, Indiana, and ... more »

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Ode On The Birthday Of Charles Wesley


O ENGLAND, through thy lovely vales
And emerald hills how many now
In memory of the poet-priest
With rapt devotion bow!
Along the city’s sounding street,
In cottage nooks, in lordly halls,
On village spire, and temple dome
A still, sweet influence falls—
For myriads whisper of the birth
That gave another bard to Earth.


Nor only there: from my own Land
Pull many a blessing o’er the wave
Floats like an angel’s wing to gild
His cradle and his ,grave.
Our Fanes have also felt his soul;
Our forest-temples grand and dim,

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