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happiness and greatness; and should receive as much of the fostering care of government as is extended to the agriculturist or manufacturer.

There is nothing in our country to prevent the successful cultivation of literature and the arts, provided the government places our own authors upon an equality with their foreign rivals, by making it possible to publish their works at the same prices. A National Literature is not necessarily confined to local subjects; but if it were, we have no lack of themes for

romance, poetry, or any other sort of writing, even though the new relations I which man sustains to his fellows in these commonwealths did not exist.

The perilous adventures of the Northmen ; the noble heroism of Columbus ; the rise and fall of the Peruvian and Mexican empires; the colonization of New-England by the Puritans; the witchcraft delusion; the persecution of the Quakers and Baptists; the rise and fall of the French dominion in the Canadas; the overthrow of the great confederacy of the Five Nations; the settlement of New-York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, by people of

the most varied and picturesque characters; the beautiful and poetical my1, thology of the aborigines; and that revolution, resulting in our independence

and equal liberty, which forms a barrier between the traditionary past and the familiar present: all abound with themes for imaginative literature. Turning from these subjects to those of a descriptive character, we have a variety not less extensive and interesting. The chains of mountains which bind the continent; the inland seas between Itasca and the ocean ; caverns, in which whole nations mighi be hidden; the rivers, cataracts, and sea-like prairies; and all the varieties of land, lake, river, sea and sky, between the gulfs of Mexico and Hudson, are full of them.

The elements of power in all sublime sights and heavenly harmonies should live in the poet's song. The sense of beauty, next to the miraculous divine suasion, is the means through which the human character is purified and elevated. The creation of beauty, the manifestation of the real by the ideal, in “ words that move in metrical array,” is the office of the poet.

This volume embraces specimens from a great number of authors; and though it may not contain all the names which deserve admission, the judicious critic will be more likely to censure me for the wide range of my selections than for any omissions. In regard to the number of poems I have given from particular writers, it is proper to state that considerations unconnected with any estimates of their comparative merit have in some cases guided me. The collected works of several poets have been frequently

printed and are generally familiar, while the works of others, little less deserving of consideration, are comparatively unknown.

There is in all the republic scarcely a native inhabitant of Saxon origin who cannot read and write. Every house has its book closet and every town its public library. The universal prevalence of intelligence, and that self-respect and confidence arising from political and social equality, have caused a great increase of writers. Owing, however, to the absence of a just system of copyright, the rewards of literary exertion are so precarious that but a small number give their exclusive attention to literature. A high degree of excellence, especially in poetry, is attained only by constant and quiet study and cultivation. Our poets have generally written with too little preparation, and too hastily, to win enduring reputations.

In selecting the specimens in the work, I have regarded humorous and other rhythmical compositions, not without merit in their way, as poetry, though they possess few of its true elements. It is so common to mistake the form for the divine essence, that I should have been compelled to omit the names of many who are popularly known as poets, had I been governed by a more strict definition.

PhilaDELPHIA, March, 1842.

CONTENTS.

TIMOTHY DWIGHT..

43

An Indian Temple..

England and America.

..45

The Social Visit...

The Country Pastor..

46

The Country Schoolmaster....

47

The Battle of Ai, frorn “ The Conquest of Canaan".

47

The Lamentation of Selima, from the samne...

48

Predáction to Josboa relative to America, from the same... 48

Evening after a Battle, from the same..

49

Columbia ......

49

DAVID HUMPHREYS

50

On the Prospect or Peace.

61

Western Emigration....

51

American Winter....

........61

Revolutionary Soldiers..

....61

JOEL BARLOW...

52

The Hasty Pudding...

..54

Berning of the New England Villages, from “ The Columbiad"..57

To Freedom, from the same..

68

Morgan and Tell, from the same....

.......58

The Zoues of America, from the same..

...68

RICHARD ALSOP....

59

From a Monody on the Death of Washington...

69

ST. JOHN HONEYWOOD..........

Crises and Punishments..........

60

A Radical Song of 1786..

.62

Reflections on seeing a Ball slain in the Country

62

Impromptu on an order to kill the Dogs in Albany..

62

WILLIAM CLIFFTON...

Epustle to William Gifford, Esq.-..

Mary will stnile........

64

ROBERT TREAT PAINE .........

.65

Adams and Liberty......

.......66

Extract from a " Monody on the Death of Sir John Moore"....67

WILLIAM MUNFORD...

08

Extracts from the “Iliad"...

69

JAMES KIRKE PAULDING.......

.70

Ode to Jamestown..

70

Passage down the Ohio, from "The Backwoodsman"

71

Evening

71

Crossing the Alleghanies.

72

The Old Man's Carousal..

79

WASHINGTON ALLSTON.........

73

The Paint-King.......

74

The Sylphs of the Seasons...........

.76

Amenea to Great Britain

80

The Spanish Maid....

80

On Greenough's Group of the Angel and Child............. -.. 81

WASHINGTON ALLSTON, (CONTINUED.)

Sonnels...

PAGR 81

On a Falling Group in the Last Judgment of Michael Angelo.81

On Rembrant: Occasioued by his Picture of Jacob's Dreum.. 81

On the Pictures, by Rubens, in the Luxembourg Gallery ...81

To my venerable Friend Benjamin West....

81

On seeing the Picture of Æolus, by Peligrino Tibaldi. .82

On the Death of Samuel Taylor Coleridge...

.82

The Tuscan Maid...

.82

Rosalie

.82

LEVI FRISBIE....

83

A Castle in the Air...

83

SAMUEL WOODWORTH.

The Bucket........

84

The Needle.........

84

JOHN PIERPONT.........

86

Passing Away......

86

Ode for the Charlestown Centennial Celebration..

..87

My Child.....

...87

Ode for the Massachusetts Mechanics' Charitable Association...88

Her Chosen Spot....

88

The Pilgrim Fathers...

89

Plymouth Dedication Hymn.

89

The Exile at Rest..

89

Jerusalem...

.90

The Power of Music, from “ Airs of Palestine".

.91

Obsequies of Spurzheim.

91

Hymn for the Dedication of the Sea:nan's Bethel, in Boston.... 92

The Sparkling Bowl....

92

Ode for the Fourth of July

ANDREWS NORTON

93

To, on the Death of a Young Friend.

93

Lines written after the Death of Charles Eliot..

.93

A Summer Shower ...................

Hymn

94

To Mrs. —, on her Departure for Europe...

04

Hymn for the Dedication of a Church.

95

Fortitude...

.95

The Close of the Year...

95

To Mrs. -, just after her Marriage.

.96

Funeral Hymn..

.96

A Winter Morning..

96

RICHARD H. DANA........

97

The Buccaneer ......

..93

The Ocean, from “ Factitious Life".

106

Daybreak...

106

Extract from “ The Husband and Wife's Grave".

107

The Little Beach-Bird..

107

The Mons supplicateth for the Poet.

108

Washington Allston....

. 108

RICHARD HENRY WILDE.

.109

Ode to Ease....

Solomon and the Genius...

111

A Farewell to Americe....

.112

Napoleon's Grave..

......113

“My Life is like the Summer Rose"

....113

Lord Byron..

....113

To the Mocking Bird.

.....113

JAMES A. HILLHOUSE

.114

The Judgment.....

........ 116

Hadad's Description of the City of Jerusalem..

... 129

Untold Love, from " Demetria".

......122

Scene from "Hadad".

......123

Arthur's Soliloquy, from " Percy's Masque".. ..........124

CHARLES SPRAGUE..

.....125

Curiosity...

.....126

Shakspeare Ode........

..132

The Brothers.....

....133

Art, an Ode..

.......134

“Look on this Picture"

........ 134

. 110

.... 139

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CHARLES SPRAGUE, (CONTINUED.)

Centennial Ode.......

PAGE 135

Lines to a Young Mother.......

" I see thee still".

.......139

Lines on the Death of M. S. C...

. 140

The Family Meeting...

140

The Winged Worshippers.

141

Dedication Hymn...

141

To my Cigar.........

141

HENRY WARE, JR......

142

To the Ursa Major .....

.142

Seasons of Prayer........

The Vision of Liberty

.144

CARLOS WILCOX...

145

Spring in New England, from "The Age of Benevolence"..... 146

A Summer Noon, from the same..

147

September, from the same..

147

Sunset in September, from the same...

148

Summer Evening Lightning, from the same.

.148

The Castle of Imagination, from “ The Religion of Taste".... 149

Rousseau and Cowper, from the same..

..150

The Cure of Melancholy, from the same.

180

Sights and Sounds of the Night.

........151

Live for Eternity

161

JOHN NEAL......

162

Invocation to the Deity, from the Conquest of Peru.. ..153

A Cavalcade at Sunset, from "The Battle of Niagara". ....153

Approach of Evening, from the same......

....153

Movements of Troops at Night, from the same

...154

An Indian Apollo, from the same.

....164
Morning after a Battle, from the same

165

Music of the Night, from the same..

.. 155

Night, from the same.....

...156

Ontario, from the same..........

156

Trees, from the same....

156

Invasion of the Settler, from the same

166

WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT..

..157

The Prairies....

..159

Thanatopois..

.....160

Forest Hymn.

. 160

Hymn to the North Star...

..161

The Antiquity of Freedom...

.....162

The Return of Youth....

102

The Winds...

...163

"Oh Mother of a Mighty Race!".

163

Song of Marion's Men....

..164

To the Past........

. 164

The Hunter of the Prairies.

...166

After a Tempest..

....... 166

The Rivulet.....

...166

June

... 166

To the Evening Wind..

....167

Lines on Revisiting the Country .....

..167

The Old Man's Counsel.....

....168

An Evening Reverie, from an unfinished Poem..

..168

Hymn of the City ---- ...........

...169

To a Waterfowl..........

.... 169

The Battle Field.....

170

The Death of the Flowers......

170

The Future Life .........

171

To the Fringed Gentian..

171

"O fairest of the rural Maids".

..........171

The Maiden's Sorrow...

...171

JAMES GATES PERCIVAL ......

179

Conclusion of the "Dream of a Day"

173

The Poet, a Sonnet.......

174

Night, a Sonnet....

174

Choriambic Melody...........

174

Sappho....

...174

The Festive Evening

...174

The Sun, from “ Prometheus".

.......175

Consumption....

.. 176

To the Eagle..

...177

Prevalence of Poetry.........

........ 178

Clouds...

......179

Morning among the Hills..

........ 179

The Deserted Wife....-

180

The Coral Grove....

...181

Decline of the Imagination..

181

Genius Slumbering.

...181

Genius Waking

......181

New England..

..182

May.-..-

..183

To Seneca Lake....

..183

The Last Days of Autumn....

...183

The Flight of Time......

..........183

" It is great for our Country to die".

.184

JAMES GATES PERCIVAL, (CONTINUED.)

Extract from “ Prometheus"

PAGE 184

Home....

184

JOSEPH RODMAX DRAKE

165

The Culprit Fay

..186

Bronx

191

The American Flag..

192

To Sarah..

.. 19

FITZ-GREENE HALLECK..

193

To a Rose, brought from near Alloway Kirk, Ayrshire, 1892.-194

Red Jacket, Chief of the Tuscaroras.

135

Connecticut...

196

Alnwick Castle..

..197

Magdalen..

193

Twilight....

Marco Bozzaris..

SAMUEL GRISWOLD GOODRICH.

Birthnight of the Humming Birds.

The River...

202

The Leaf...

Lake Superior...

The Sportive Sylphs.

ISAAC CLASON..

Napoleon, etc., from the seventeenth Canto of Don Juan...

All is Vanity, from the eighteenth Canto of Don Juan.

JOHN G. C. BRAINARD

Jerusalem

Connecticut River....

207

Lines on the Death of Mr. Woodward.

On a late Loss......

Sonnet to the Sea-Serpent..

209

The Fall of Niagara..

On the Death of a Friend

Epithalamium...

209

To the Dead.

210

The Deep

.210

Mr. Merry's Lament for "Long Tom".

.210

Indian Summer..

.210

" The dead Leaves stiew the Forest Walk".

.211

The Storm of War.....

.S11

The Guerilla...

211

The Sea-Bird's Song

212

To the Daughter of a Friend.

219

Salmon River......

.218

ROBERT C. SANDS..

213

Proem to “ Yamoyden"

217

Dream of the Princess Papantzin..

218

Monody on the Death of Samuel Patch.

.221

Evening, from “ Yamoyden".

Weehawken...

The Green Isle of Lovers...

The Dead of 1832.

Partmg..

295
Conclusion of “ Yamoyden".

925

Invocation...

Good Night...

.226

From a Monody on J. W. Eastburn..

To the Manitto of Dreams...

WILLIAM B. 0. PEABODY

928

Hymn of Nature...

228

To William......

Monadnock.

The Winter Night

Death..

230

Autumn Evening....

GEORGE WASHINGTON DOANE..

231

On a very old Wedding Ring..

.231

The Voice of Rama....

That Silent Moon.......

Thermopylae....

The Waters of Marah..

232

" What is that, Mother?"

A Cherub..

Lines by the Lake Side..

233

The Christian's Death

GRENVILLE MELLEN

English Scenery.

Mount Washington.

235

The Bugle.

On seeing an Eagle pass near me in Autumn Twilight. 236

The True Glory of America....

GEORGE HILL...

...........937

Extract from “ The Ruins of Athens".............

The Mountain-Girl...

..238

The Might of Greece, from “ The Ruins of Athens... .238

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245

283
283

284

GEORGE HILL, (CONTINUED.)

The Fall of the Oak...

Paos 239

Scanets to Liberty, A Young Mother, and Spring.

239

Sobalsty...

.939

JAMES G. BROOKS........

.240

Greece - 1832..

.240

To the Dying Year...

.241

To the Autumn Lear..

242

The Last Song.

.242

Joy and Sorrow

.842

GEORGE P. MORRIS

943

The West.

* Land Ho!"

244

The Chieftain's Daughter

.244

Near the Lake....

944

Wlien otber Friends are round thee"

* Woodman, spare that Tree!"

.246

* Wbere Hudson's Wave o'er silvery Sands".

245

The Pastor's Daughter.

.245

ALBERT G. GREESE...

246

The Baron's Last Banquet...

246

To the Weathercock on our Steeple.

247

Adelbeid.

.247

Old Grimes....

248

"Oh, think but that the Bosom's Light".

.248

GEORGE W. BETHUNE.

249

Tu my Mother.

.249

Night Study

.249

Lines written on seeing Thorwaldsen's Bas-Relief representing

Night.

250

To ny Wife.

..260

WILLIAM LEGGETT...

251

A Sacred Melody

.252

Love and Friendship.

252

"I trust the Frown thy Features wear"

252

Life's Guiding Star...

.252

TO Elmira...

262

EDWARD C. PINKNEY

253

Italy

264

The Indiaa's Bride..

.264

"We break the Glass whose sacred Wine"

..255

A Health...

.255

The Voyager's Song...

A Patare-Song..

256

The Old Tree...

.257

To

257

Elysium

.257

То н.

.268

Serenade

.268

The Widow's Song.

.258

* 1 need tot rame thy thrilling Name"

258

RALPH WALDO EMERSON.

.259

Each in All....

264

** Good-bye, proud World !".

...259

To the Humble Bee..

..260

The Rhodora...

.260

The Snow Storm..

260

The Sphini...

261

The Problem.

..262

Tbe Fore-Ronners.

262

The Poet....

Dirge

263

To Rhea...

.264

To Eva.

264

The Amulet...

$64

* Tuise Eyes still shined"

.264

SUMNER LINCOLN FAIRFIELD.

265

Destruction of Pompeii, from * The Last Night of Pompeii"..266

Visions of Romance.

An Evening Song of Piedmont....

RUFCS DAWES.

Lancaster....

268

Ane Boleyn..

.271

Sunrise, from Mount Washington..

271

Spirit of Beauty

Love Urchangeable.

272

Extract from * Geraldine".

.272

EDMUND D. GRIFFIN..

.273

Lines written on leaving Italy

273

Description of Love, by Venus..

.274

Embleme...

274

To a Lady ..............

274

H. BRIGHT..

.275

The Visioa of Death.....

....275

Hewedded again.....

276

* $ boald Sorrow o'er thy Brow".

276

CHARLES FENNO HOFFMAN

225

Moonlight on the Hudson...

287

The Forest Cemetery.

.288

The Bob O Linkum...

289

The Remonstrance........

289

Primeval Woods....

989

Rio Bravo, a Mexican Lament..

990

Love's Memories..........

290

Rosalie Clare....

291

" Think of Me, Dearest".

291

“We parted in Sadness"

291

The Origin of Mint Julepe..

291

Le Faineant....

292

To an Autumn Rone....

292

Sympathy..

292

A Portrait..

992

Indian Summer, 1829..

293

Town Repinings.

993

To a Lady Blushing.

..293

The Farewell..

..sy3

“I will love her no more - 't is a Waste of the Heart.. .293

“They are Mockery all"

294

Melody..

.994

Morning Hynin.

.234

The Western Hunter to his Mistress..

294

Thy Name.

.291

Tlie Myrtle and Steel..

.295

Epitaph upon a Dog.

.295

Anacreontic...

.295

A Hunter's Matin.

295

Sparkling and Bright..

.296

“Why seek her Heart to understand?".

.296

“Ask me not why I should love ber".

.896

" She loves, but 't is not me she loves"

.296

"I know I share thy Smiles with Many"

.296

Love and Politics...

.297

What is Solitude ?..

..297

J. 0. ROCKWELL.

.298

The Sum of Life.

.299

To Aun.....

..299

The Lost at Sen...

...299

The Death-Bed of Beauty...

..300

To the Ice-Mountain.

..300

The Prisoner for Debt..

300

To a Wave

300

N. P. WILLIS ....

301

Melanie....

... 302

The Confessional...

305

Lines on Leaving Europe.

306

Spring....

.307

To Ermengarde...

307

Hagar in the Wilderness..

...305

Thoughts while making a Grave for a first Child, born dead....309

The Belfry Pigeon...

.309

April...

.....310

The Annoyer..........

..310

To a Face beloved.....

..310

EDWARD SANDFORD.

..311

Address to Black Hawk..

...311

To a Musquito...

..319

THOMAS WARD

.313

Musings on Rivery..

.313

To the Magnolia..

.314

To an Infant in Heaven..

.314

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