William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant (November 3, 1794 – June 12, 1878) was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post.

Read more about William Cullen Bryant:  Youth and Education, Poetry, Editorial Career, Later Years, Critical Response, Legacy, Further Reading

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    Oh mother of a mighty race,
    Yet lovely in thy youthful grace!
    The elder dames, thy haughty peers,
    Admire and hate thy blooming years.
    —William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)

    Gaze on them, till the tears shall dim thy sight,
    But keep that earlier, wilder image bright.
    —William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)

    There’s freedom at thy gates and rest
    For Earth’s downtrodden and oppressed,
    —William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)