Treasure Island

William Gilmore Simms

(1806 - 1870 / USA)

Quotations

  • ''We follow where the Swamp Fox guides,
    His friends and merry men are we;
    And when the troop of Tarleton rides,
    We burrow in the cypress tree.
    The turfy hammock is our bed,
    Our home is in the red deer's den,
    Our roof, the tree-top overhead,
    For we are wild and hunted men.''
    William Gilmore Simms (1806-1872), U.S. novelist. The Swamp Fox (l. 1-8). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday & Company.
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  • ''The Tory camp is now in sight,
    And there he cowers within his den;
    He hears our shouts, he dreads the fight,
    He fears, and flies from Marion's men.''
    William Gilmore Simms (1806-1872), U.S. novelist. The Swamp Fox (l. 77-80). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday & Company.

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The Decay Of A People

THIS the true sign of ruin to a race—
It undertakes no march, and day by day
Drowses in camp, or, with the laggard’s pace,
Walks sentry o’er possessions that decay;
Destined, with sensible waste, to fleet away;—
For the first secret of continued power
Is the continued conquest;—all our sway
Hath surety in the uses of the hour;
If that we waste, in vain walled town and lofty tower!

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