Bayard Taylor

American poet, travel author, and diplomat

Lived from: 1825-1878

Category: Politics | Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

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    By Wisdom wealth is won; But riches purchased wisdom yet for none.
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    'Really,' thought I, 'we call Baltimore the 'Monumental City' for its two marble columns, and here is Edinburg with one at every street-corner!'
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    A Pike, in the California dialect, is a native of Missouri, Arkansas, Northern Texas, or Southern Illinois. The first emigrants that came over the plains were from Pike County, Missouri; but as the phrase, 'a Pike County man,' was altogether too long for this short life of ours, it was soon abbreviated into 'a Pike.'
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    Above Coblentz almost every mountain has a ruin and a legend. One feels everywhere the spirit of the past, and its stirring recollections come back upon the mind with irresistible force.
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    Alone each heart must cover up its dead; Alone, through bitter toil, achieve its rest.
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    An enthusiastic desire of visiting the Old World haunted me from early childhood. I cherished a presentiment, amounting almost to belief, that I should one day behold the scenes, among which my fancy had so long wandered.
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    Ancient Pines, Ye bear no record of the years of man. Spring is your sole historian.
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    And far and wide, in a scarlet tide, The poppy's bonfire spread.
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    And half in shade and half in sun; The Rose sat in her bower, With a passionate thrill in her crimson heart.
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    And rest, that strengthens unto virtuous deeds, Is one with Prayer.
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    Around the pillars of the palm-tree bower The orchids cling, in rose and purple spheres; Shield-broad the lily floats; the aloe flower Foredates its hundred years.
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    As I toiled up the Mount of Olives, in the very footsteps of Christ, panting with the heat and the difficult ascent, I found it utterly impossible to conceive that the Deity, in human form, had walked there before me.
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    Bathed in the tenderest purple of distance, Tinted and shadowed by pencils of air, Thy battlements hang o'er the slopes and the forests, Seats of the gods in the limitless ether, Looming sublimely aloft and afar.
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    Because the gift of Song was chiefly lent, To give consoling music for the joys We lack, and not for those which we possess.
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    But still I dream that somewhere there must be The spirit of a child that waits for me.
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