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Famous Settlements Poems by Famous Poets

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by Brackenridge, Hugh Henry
...eft their country and their friends 
And plough'd th' Atlantic wave in quest of peace; 
And found new shores and sylvan settlements 
Form'd by the care of each advent'rous chief, 
Who, warm in liberty and freedom's cause, 
Sought out uncultivated tracts and wilds, 
And fram'd new plans of cities, governments 
And spacious provinces: Why should I name 
Thee Penn, the Solon of our western lands; 
Sagacious legislator, whom the world 
Admires tho' dead: an infant colony 
Nurs'd ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...and present times, 
Surrounding just found shores, islands, tribes of red aborigines,
Weather-beaten vessels, landings, settlements, embryo stature and muscle, 
The haughty defiance of the Year 1—war, peace, the formation of the Constitution, 
The separate States, the simple, elastic scheme, the immigrants, 
The Union, always swarming with blatherers, and always sure and impregnable, 
The unsurvey’d interior, log-houses, clearings, wild animals, hunters, trappers;
Surrounding...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
Coming home with the silent and dark-cheek’d bush-boy—(behind me he
 rides at the drape of the day;) 
Far from the settlements, studying the print of animals’ feet, or the
 moccasin print; 
By the cot in the hospital, reaching lemonade to a feverish patient; 
Nigh the coffin’d corpse when all is still, examining with a candle: 
Voyaging to every port, to dicker and adventure;
Hurrying with the modern crowd, as eager and fickle as any; 
Hot toward one I hate, ready ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...ation, the founding of a new city, 
The voyage of those who sought a New England and found it—the outset anywhere, 
The settlements of the Arkansas, Colorado, Ottawa, Willamette, 
The slow progress, the scant fare, the axe, rifle, saddle-bags;
The beauty of all adventurous and daring persons, 
The beauty of wood-boys and wood-men, with their clear untrimm’d faces, 
The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves, 
The American contempt for statutes and ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
To the deities of the Modern henceforth yielding,
The chorus and indications, the vistas of coming humanity—the settlements, features all, 
In the Mendocino woods I caught. 

The flashing and golden pageant of California! 
The sudden and gorgeous drama—the sunny and ample lands; 
The long and varied stretch from Puget Sound to Colorado south;
Lands bathed in sweeter, rarer, healthier air—valleys and mountain cliffs; 
The fields of Nature long prepared and fallow...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...A shy and hidden bird is warbling a song. 

Solitary, the thrush,
The hermit, withdrawn to himself, avoiding the settlements, 
Sings by himself a song. 

Song of the bleeding throat! 
Death’s outlet song of life—(for well, dear brother, I know 
If thou wast not gifted to sing, thou would’st surely die.)

Over the breast of the spring, the land, amid cities, 
Amid lanes, and through old woods, (where lately the violets peep’d from the ground,
 spotti...Read More

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