William Cullen Bryant (November 3, 1794 – June 12, 1878 / Boston)
an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post.
Bryant was born on November 3, 1794, in a log cabin near Cummington, Massachusetts; the home of his birth is today marked with a plaque. He was the second son of Peter Bryant, a doctor and later a state legislator, and Sarah Snell. His maternal ancestry traces back to passengers on the Mayflower; his father's, to colonists who arrived about a dozen years later.
Bryant and his family moved to a new home when he was two years old. The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, his boyhood home, is now a museum. After just two years at Williams College, he studied law in Worthington and ... more »
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- A Dream
- A Forest Hymn
- A Hymn of The Sea
- A Meditation On Rhode-Island Coal
- A Northern Legend
- A Presentiment
- A Scene At The Banks Of The Hudson
- A Song for New Year's Eve
- A Song of Pitcairn's Island
- A Summer Ramble
- A Walk at Sunset
- A Winter Piece
- After a Tempest
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''Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatnessa harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.''William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), U.S. poet, editor. Speech, December 15, 1851.
on thy browWilliam Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), U.S. poet. Oh Mother of a Mighty Race (l. 37-42). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed...
Shall sit a nobler grace than now.
Deep in the brightness of the skies
The thronging years in glory rise.
And, as they fleet,
Drop strength and riches at...
''There's freedom at thy gates and restWilliam Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), U.S. poet. Oh Mother of a Mighty Race (l. 31-32). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed...
For Earth's downtrodden and oppressed,''
''Oh mother of a mighty race,William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), U.S. poet. Oh Mother of a Mighty Race. . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Do...
Yet lovely in thy youthful grace!
The elder dames, thy haughty peers,
Admire and hate thy blooming years.''