William Cullen Bryant
Hymn Of The Sea by William Cullen Bryant

Hymn Of The Sea by William Cullen Bryant

The sea is mighty, but a mightier swaysHis restless billows. Thou, whose hands have scoopedHis boundless gulfs and built his shore, thy breath,That moved in the beginning o'er his ...

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Dream by William Cullen Bryant

Dream by William Cullen Bryant

I had a dream--a strange, wild dream--Said a dear voice at early light;And even yet its shadows seemTo linger in my waking sight.Earth, green with spring, and fresh with dew,And ...

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Tell by William Cullen Bryant

Tell by William Cullen Bryant

A SONNET.Chains may subdue the feeble spirit, but thee,Tell, of the iron heart! they could not tame!For thou wert of the mountains; they proclaimThe everlasting creed of ...

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Forest Hymn by William Cullen Bryant

Forest Hymn by William Cullen Bryant

The groves were God's first temples. Ere man learned To hew the shaft, and lay the architrave, And spread the roof above them,---ere he framed The lofty vault, to gather and roll ...

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Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant

Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant

To him who in the love of nature holdsCommunion with her visible forms, she speaksA various language; for his gayer hoursShe has a voice of gladness, and a smileAnd eloquence of ...

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Summer Wind by William Cullen Bryant

Summer Wind by William Cullen Bryant

It is a sultry day; the sun has drank The dew that lay upon the morning grass, There is no rustling in the lofty elm That canopies my dwelling, and its shade Scarce cools me. All ...

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Summer Wind by William Cullen Bryant

Summer Wind by William Cullen Bryant

It is a sultry day; the sun has drank The dew that lay upon the morning grass, There is no rustling in the lofty elm That canopies my dwelling, and its shade Scarce cools me. All ...

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Constellations, The by William Cullen Bryant

Constellations, The by William Cullen Bryant

O constellations of the early night, That sparkled brighter as the twilight died, And made the darkness glorious! I have seen Your rays grow dim upon the horizon's edge, And sink ...

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A Song For New Year’s Eve	 by William Cullen Bryant

A Song For New Year’s Eve by William Cullen Bryant

Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay— Stay till the good old year, So long companion of our way, Shakes hands, and leaves us here. Oh stay, oh stay, One little ...

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To A Waterfowl by William Cullen Bryant

To A Waterfowl by William Cullen Bryant

Whither, midst falling dew, While glow the heavens with the last steps of day Far, through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue Thy solitary way? Vainly the fowler's eye Might mark ...

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A Forest Hymn by William Cullen Bryant

A Forest Hymn by William Cullen Bryant

The groves were God's first temples. Ere man learned To hew the shaft, and lay the architrave, And spread the roof above them,---ere he framed The lofty vault, to gather and roll ...

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Living Lost, The by William Cullen Bryant

Living Lost, The by William Cullen Bryant

Matron! the children of whose love,Each to his grave, in youth have passed,And now the mould is heaped aboveThe dearest and the last!Bride! who dost wear the widow's veilBefore ...

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A Winter Piece by William Cullen Bryant

A Winter Piece by William Cullen Bryant

The time has been that these wild solitudes,Yet beautiful as wild, were trod by meOftener than now; and when the ills of lifeHad chafed my spirit--when the unsteady pulseBeat with ...

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After A Tempest by William Cullen Bryant

After A Tempest by William Cullen Bryant

The day had been a day of wind and storm;-- The wind was laid, the storm was overpast,-- And stooping from the zenith, bright and warm Shone the great sun on the wide earth at ...

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The Death Of Lincoln by William Cullen Bryant

The Death Of Lincoln by William Cullen Bryant

Oh, slow to smit and swift to spare, Gentle and merciful and just! Who, in the fear of God, didst bear The sword of power, a nation's trust! In sorrow by thy bier we stand, Amid ...

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The Yellow Violet by William Cullen Bryant

The Yellow Violet by William Cullen Bryant

When beechen buds begin to swell, And woods the blue-bird's warble know, The yellow violet's modest bell Peeps from last-year's leaves below.Ere russet fields their green resume, ...

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October by William Cullen Bryant

October by William Cullen Bryant

Ay, thou art welcome, heaven's delicious breath! When woods begin to wear the crimson leaf, And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief And the year smiles as it draws near ...

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The Gladness Of Nature by William Cullen Bryant

The Gladness Of Nature by William Cullen Bryant

Is this a time to be cloudy and sad, When our mother Nature laughs around; When even the deep blue heavens look glad, And gladness breathes from the blossoming ground? There are ...

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A Presentiment by William Cullen Bryant

A Presentiment by William Cullen Bryant

'Oh father, let us hence--for hark,A fearful murmur shakes the air.The clouds are coming swift and dark:--What horrid shapes they wear!A winged giant sails the sky;Oh father, ...

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Inscription For The Entrance To A Wood by William Cullen Bryant

Inscription For The Entrance To A Wood by William Cullen Bryant

Stranger, if thou hast learned a truth which needs No school of long experience, that the world Is full of guilt and misery, and hast seen Enough of all its sorrows, crimes, and ...

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Hymn Of The City by William Cullen Bryant

Hymn Of The City by William Cullen Bryant

Not in the solitude Alone may man commune with heaven, or see Only in savage wood And sunny vale, the present Deity; Or only hear his voice Where the winds whisper and the waves ...

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June by William Cullen Bryant

June by William Cullen Bryant

I gazed upon the glorious sky And the green mountains round, And thought that when I came to lie At rest within the ground, "Twere pleasant, that in flowery June, When brooks send ...

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The Greek Boy by William Cullen Bryant

The Greek Boy by William Cullen Bryant

Gone are the glorious Greeks of old,Glorious in mien and mind;Their bones are mingled with the mould,Their dust is on the wind;The forms they hewed from living stoneSurvive the ...

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To A Cloud by William Cullen Bryant

To A Cloud by William Cullen Bryant

Beautiful cloud! with folds so soft and fair,Swimming in the pure quiet air!Thy fleeces bathed in sunlight, while belowThy shadow o'er the vale moves slow;Where, midst their ...

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Hymn To Death by William Cullen Bryant

Hymn To Death by William Cullen Bryant

Oh! could I hope the wise and pure in heartMight hear my song without a frown, nor deemMy voice unworthy of the theme it tries,--I would take up the hymn to Death, and sayTo the ...

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A Dream by William Cullen Bryant

A Dream by William Cullen Bryant

I had a dream--a strange, wild dream--Said a dear voice at early light;And even yet its shadows seemTo linger in my waking sight.Earth, green with spring, and fresh with dew,And ...

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Autumn Woods by William Cullen Bryant

Autumn Woods by William Cullen Bryant

Ere, in the northern gale,The summer tresses of the trees are gone,The woods of Autumn, all around our vale,Have put their glory on.The mountains that infold,In their wide sweep, ...

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Love And Folly by William Cullen Bryant

Love And Folly by William Cullen Bryant

Love's worshippers alone can knowThe thousand mysteries that are his;His blazing torch, his twanging bow,His blooming age are mysteries.A charming science--but the dayWere all too ...

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November by William Cullen Bryant

November by William Cullen Bryant

Yet one smile more, departing, distant sun! One mellow smile through the soft vapoury air, Ere, o'er the frozen earth, the loud winds ran, Or snows are sifted o'er the meadows ...

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Mutation by William Cullen Bryant

Mutation by William Cullen Bryant

They talk of short-lived pleasure--be it so-- Pain dies as quickly; stern, hard-featured pain Expires, and lets her weary prisoner go. The fiercest agonies have shortest reign; ...

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A Hymn Of The Sea by William Cullen Bryant

A Hymn Of The Sea by William Cullen Bryant

The sea is mighty, but a mightier swaysHis restless billows. Thou, whose hands have scoopedHis boundless gulfs and built his shore, thy breath,That moved in the beginning o'er his ...

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A Walk At Sunset by William Cullen Bryant

A Walk At Sunset by William Cullen Bryant

When insect wings are glistening in the beamOf the low sun, and mountain-tops are bright,Oh, let me, by the crystal valley-stream,Wander amid the mild and mellow light;And while ...

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The West Wind by William Cullen Bryant

The West Wind by William Cullen Bryant

Beneath the forest's skirts I rest,Whose branching pines rise dark and high,And hear the breezes of the WestAmong the threaded foliage sigh.Sweet Zephyr! why that sound of wo?Is ...

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America by William Cullen Bryant

America by William Cullen Bryant

OH mother of a mighty race,Yet lovely in thy youthful grace!The elder dames, thy haughty peers,Admire and hate thy blooming years.With words of shame And taunts of scorn they join ...

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The Constellations by William Cullen Bryant

The Constellations by William Cullen Bryant

O constellations of the early night, That sparkled brighter as the twilight died, And made the darkness glorious! I have seen Your rays grow dim upon the horizon's edge, And sink ...

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West Wind, The by William Cullen Bryant

West Wind, The by William Cullen Bryant

Beneath the forest's skirts I rest,Whose branching pines rise dark and high,And hear the breezes of the WestAmong the threaded foliage sigh.Sweet Zephyr! why that sound of wo?Is ...

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Spring In Town by William Cullen Bryant

Spring In Town by William Cullen Bryant

The country ever has a lagging Spring,Waiting for May to call its violets forth,And June its roses--showers and sunshine bring,Slowly, the deepening verdure o'er the earth;To put ...

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A Song Of Pitcairn’s Island by William Cullen Bryant

A Song Of Pitcairn’s Island by William Cullen Bryant

Come, take our boy, and we will goBefore our cabin door;The winds shall bring us, as they blow,The murmurs of the shore;And we will kiss his young blue eyes, And I will sing him, ...

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The Strange Lady by William Cullen Bryant

The Strange Lady by William Cullen Bryant

The summer morn is bright and fresh, the birds are darting by, As if they loved to breast the breeze that sweeps the cool dear sky; Young Albert, in the forest's edge, has heard a ...

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Fatima And Raduan by William Cullen Bryant

Fatima And Raduan by William Cullen Bryant

FROM THE SPANISH.Diamante falso y fingido,Engastado en pedernal, &c.'False diamond set in flint! the caverns of the mineAre warmer than the breast that holds that faithless heart ...

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The Skies by William Cullen Bryant

The Skies by William Cullen Bryant

Ay! gloriously thou standest there, Beautiful, boundless firmament! That swelling wide o'er earth and air, And round the horizon bent, With thy bright vault, and sapphire wall, ...

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The African Chief by William Cullen Bryant

The African Chief by William Cullen Bryant

Chained in the market-place he stood,A man of giant frame,Amid the gathering multitudeThat shrunk to hear his name--All stern of look and strong of limb,His dark eye on the ...

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The Future Life by William Cullen Bryant

The Future Life by William Cullen Bryant

How shall I know thee in the sphere which keepsThe disembodied spirits of the dead,When all of thee that time could wither sleepsAnd perishes among the dust we tread?For I shall ...

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A Summer Ramble by William Cullen Bryant

A Summer Ramble by William Cullen Bryant

The quiet August noon has come,A slumberous silence fills the sky,The fields are still, the woods are dumb,In glassy sleep the waters lie.And mark yon soft white clouds that ...

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To The Fringed Gentian by William Cullen Bryant

To The Fringed Gentian by William Cullen Bryant

Thou blossom bright with autumn dew, And colored with the heaven's own blue, That openest when the quiet light Succeeds the keen and frosty night. Thou comest not when violets ...

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A Northern Legend by William Cullen Bryant

A Northern Legend by William Cullen Bryant

FROM THE GERMAN OF UHLAND.There sits a lovely maiden,The ocean murmuring nigh;She throws the hook, and watches;The fishes pass it by.A ring, with a red jewel,Is sparkling on her ...

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Earth by William Cullen Bryant

Earth by William Cullen Bryant

A midnight black with clouds is in the sky;I seem to feel, upon my limbs, the weightOf its vast brooding shadow. All in vainTurns the tired eye in search of form; no starPierces ...

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The Living Lost by William Cullen Bryant

The Living Lost by William Cullen Bryant

Matron! the children of whose love,Each to his grave, in youth have passed,And now the mould is heaped aboveThe dearest and the last!Bride! who dost wear the widow's veilBefore ...

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An Indian Story by William Cullen Bryant

An Indian Story by William Cullen Bryant

'I know where the timid fawn abidesIn the depths of the shaded dell,Where the leaves are broad and the thicket hides,With its many stems and its tangled sides,From the eye of the ...

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Green River by William Cullen Bryant

Green River by William Cullen Bryant

When breezes are soft and skies are fair,I steal an hour from study and care,And hie me away to the woodland scene,Where wanders the stream with waters of green,As if the bright ...

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