William Davis Gallagher

(1808-1894 / the United States)

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An American journalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 21 August, 1808. Davis worked as an editor and in later years became famous for poetry. His poetry is available in numerous anthologies and his work "Selections From The Poetical Literature Of The West" has recently been reprinted as culturally important. He died in 1894. more »

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The Cardinal Bird

A day and then a week passed by:
The redbird hanging from the sill
Sang not; and all were wondering why
It was so still-
When one bright morning, loud and clear,
Its whistle smote my drowsy ear,
Ten times repeated, till the sound
Filled every echoing niche around;
And all things earliest loved by me,-
The bird, the brook, the flower, the tree,-
Came back again, as thus I heard
The cardinal bird.

When maple orchards towered aloft,
And spicewood bushes spread below,
Where skies were blue, and winds were soft,
I could but go-
For, opening ...

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