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54 Famous Quotes by William Cullen Bryant
11/3/1794 - 6/12/1878
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Thou unrelenting past.

Past Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: To the Past

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And at my silent window-sill The jessamine peeps in.

Jasmines Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: The Hunter's Serenade

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The moon is at her full, and riding high, Floods the calm fields with light. The airs that hover in the summer sky Are all asleep to-night.

Moon Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: The Tides

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Go forth under the open sky, and list To Nature's teachings.

Nature Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: Thanatopsis

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The February sunshine steeps your boughs And tints the buds and swells the leaves within.

February Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: Among the Trees (l. 53)

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The daffodil is our doorside queen; She pushes upward the sword already, To spot with sunshine the early green.

Daffodils Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: An Invitation to the Country

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Reach for the moon, because if you don't make it you'll land among the stars.

Moon Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant

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Thine eyes are springs in whose serene And silent waters heaven is seen. Their lashes are the herbs that look On their young figures in the brook.

Eyes Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: Oh, Fairest of the Rural Maids

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What plant we in this apple tree? Sweets for a hundred flowery springs To load the May-wind's restless wings, When, from the orchard-row, he pours Its fragrance through our open doors; A world of blossoms for the bee, Flowers for the sick girl's silent room, For the glad infant sprigs of bloom, We plant with the apple tree.

Apples Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: The Planting of the Apple Tree

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Ah, why Should we, in the world's riper years, neglect God's ancient sanctuaries, and adore Only among the crowd and under roofs That our frail hands have raised?

Worship Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: A Forest Hymn (l. 16)

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Wild was the day; the wintry sea Moaned sadly on New England's strand, When first the thoughtful and the free, Our fathers, trod the desert land.

December Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: The Twenty-second of December

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Come when the rains Have glazed the snow and clothed the trees with ice, While the slant sun of February pours Into the bowers a flood of light. Approach! The incrusted surface shall upbear thy steps And the broad arching portals of the grove Welcome thy entering.

February Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: A Winter Piece (l. 60)

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A breeze came wandering from the sky, Light as the whispers of a dream; He put the o'erhanging grasses by, And softly stooped to kiss the stream, The pretty stream, the flattered stream, The shy, yet unreluctant stream.

Wind Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: The Wind and Stream

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No trumpet-blast profound The hour in which the Prince of Peace was born; No bloody streamlet stained Earth's silver rivers on the sacred morn.

Christmas Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: Christmas in 1875

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Wind of the sunny south! oh, still delay In the gay woods and in the golden air, Like to a good old age released from care, Journeying, in long serenity, away. In such a bright, late quiet, would that I Might wear out life like thee, mid bowers and brooks, And, dearer yet, the sunshine of kind looks, And music of kind voices ever nigh; And when my last sand twinkled in the glass, Pass silently from men as thou dost pass.

Wind Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: October (l. 5)

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A sculptor wields The chisel, and the stricken marble grows To beauty.

Sculpture Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: The Flood of Years

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Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness

Remorse Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant

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Woo the fair one when around Early birds are singing; When o'er all the fragrant ground Early herbs are springing: When the brookside, bank, and grove All with blossom laden, Shine with beauty, breathe of love, Woo the timid maiden.

Wooing Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: Love's Lessons

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Alas! to seize the moment When the heart inclines to heart, And press a suit with passion, Is not a woman's part. If man come not to gather The roses where they stand, They fade among their foliage, They cannot seek his hand.

Wooing Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: Song, translated from the Spanish of Iglesias

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Loveliest of lovely things are they On earth that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour Is prized beyond the sculptured flower.

Roses Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: A Scene on the Banks of the Hudson

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I gazed upon the glorious sky And the green mountains round, And thought that when I came to lie At rest within the ground, 'Twere pleasant, that in flowery June When brooks send up a cheerful tune, And groves a joyous sound, The sexton's hand, my grave to make, The rich, green mountain-turf should break.

Grave Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: June

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Where fall the tears of love the rose appears, And where the ground is bright with friendship's tears, Forget-me-not, and violets, heavenly blue, Spring glittering with the cheerful drops like dew.

Flowers Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: trans. of N. Muller's "Paradise of Tears"

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The windflower and the violet, they perished long ago, And the brier-rose and the orchis died amid the summer glow; But on the hills the golden-rod, and the aster in the wood, And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood, Till fell the first from the clear cold heaven, as falls the plague on men, And the brightness of their smile was gone, from upland glade and glen.

Flowers Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: Death of the Flowers

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The sad and solemn night Hath yet her multitude of cheerful fires; The glorious host of light Walk the dark hemisphere till she retires; All through her silent watches, gliding slow, Her constellations come, and climb the heavens, and go.

Stars Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: Hymn to the North Star

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Here the free spirit of mankind, at length, Throws its last fetters off; and who shall place A limit to the giant's unchained strength, Or curb his swiftness in the forward race?

Freedom Quotes, by William Cullen Bryant , Source: The Ages (XXXIII)

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