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American poet and editor
(1794 - 1878)
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Woo the fair one when around
  Early birds are singing;
    When o'er all the fragrant ground
      Early herbs are springing:
        When the brookside, bank, and grove
          All with blossom laden,
            Shine with beauty, breathe of love,
              Woo the timid maiden.
      - Love's Lessons [Wooing]

Where hast thou wandered. gentle gale, to find
  The perfumes thou dost bring?
      - May Evening (st. 2) [Wind]

Weep not that the world changes--did it keep
  A stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.
      - Mutation [Change]

The fiercest agonies have shortest reign;
  And after dreams of horror, comes again
    The welcome morning with its rays of peace.
      - Mutation (l. 4) [Peace]

And the blue gentian-flower, that, in the breeze,
  Nods lonely, of her beauteous race the last.
      - November [Gentians]

And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief,
  And the year smiles as it draws near its death.
      - October [October]

The sweet calm sunshine of October, now
  Warms the low spot; upon its grassy mould
    The purple oak-leaf falls; the birchen bough
      Drops its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold.
      - October [October]

Wind of the sunny south! oh, still delay
  In the gay woods and in the golden air,
    Like to a good old age released from care,
      Journeying, in long serenity, away.
        In such a bright, late quiet, would that I
          Might wear out life like thee, mid bowers and brooks,
            And, dearer yet, the sunshine of kind looks,
              And music of kind voices ever nigh;
                And when my last sand twinkled in the glass,
                  Pass silently from men as thou dost pass.
      - October (l. 5) [Wind]

Thine eyes are springs in whose serene
  And silent waters heaven is seen.
    Their lashes are the herbs that look
      On their young figures in the brook.
      - Oh, Fairest of the Rural Maids [Eyes]

Lay down the axe; fling by the spade;
  Leave in its track the toiling plough;
    The rifle and the bayonet-blade
      For arms like yours were fitter now;
        And let the hands that ply the pen
          Quit the light task, and learn to wield
            The horseman's crooked brand, and rein
              The charger on the battle-field.
      - Our Country's Call [War]

Modest and shy as a nun is she;
  One weak chirp is her only note;
    Braggarts and prince of braggarts is he,
      Pouring boasts from his little throat.
      - Robert of Lincoln [Bobolinks]

Robert of Lincoln is gayly drest,
  Wearing a bright black wedding-coat;
    White are his shoulders and white his crest.
      - Robert of Lincoln [Bobolinks]

The August cloud . . . suddenly
  Melts into streams of rain.
      - Sella [August]

Alas! to seize the moment
  When the heart inclines to heart,
    And press a suit with passion,
      Is not a woman's part.
        If man come not to gather
          The roses where they stand,
            They fade among their foliage,
              They cannot seek his hand.
      - Song,
        translated from the Spanish of Iglesias

The summer morn is bright and fresh, the birds are darting by
  As if they loved to breast the breeze that sweeps the cool clear sky.
      - Strange Lady [Morning]

All that tread
  The globe are but a handful to the tribes
    That slumber in its bosom.
      - Thanatopsis [Death : Graves : Tombs]

Go forth under the open sky, and list
  To Nature's teachings.
      - Thanatopsis [Nature]

Sustained and soothed
  By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
    Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch
      About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
      - Thanatopsis [Death]

To him who in the love of Nature holds
  Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
    A various language.
      - Thanatopsis [Nature]

That make the meadows green; and, poured round all,
  Old Ocean's gray and melancholy waste,--
    Are but the solemn decorations all
      Of the great tomb of man.
      - Thanatopsis (l. 43) [Ocean]

Here the free spirit of mankind, at length,
  Throws its last fetters off; and who shall place
    A limit to the giant's unchained strength,
      Or curb his swiftness in the forward race?
      - The Ages (XXXIII) [Freedom]

Or, bide thou where the poppy blows
  With windflowers fail and fair.
      - The Artic Lover [Windflowers]

Truth crushed to earth shall rise again:
  Th' eternal years of God are hers;
    But Error, wounded, writhes in pain,
      And dies among his worshippers.
      - The Battle Field (st. 9) [Truth]

Pleasantly, between the pelting showers, the sunshine gushes down.
      - The Cloud on the Way (l. 18) [Sun]

The melancholy days have come, the saddest of the year,
  Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sear.
      - The Death of the Flowers (l. 221) [Autumn]

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