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American poet
(1819 - 1891)
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Thet tells the story! Thet's wut we shall git
  By tryin' squirtguns on the burnin' Pit;
    For the day never comes when it'll du
      To kick off dooty like a worn-out shoe.
      - The Biglow Papers (no. 11) [Duty]

My gran'ther's rule was safer 'n 't is to crow:
  Don't never prophesy--onless ye know.
      - The Biglow Papers
         (no. 2, Mason and Slidell)
        [Prophecy (Prophesy)]

We kind o' thought Christ went agin war an' pillage.
      - The Biglow Papers (no. 3) [War]

Not but wut abstract war is horrid,
  I sign to thet with all my heart,--
    But civilysation doos git forrid
      Sometimes upon a powder-cart.
      - The Biglow Papers (no. 7) [War]

It takes a mind like Dannel's, fact, ez big ez all ou'doors
  To find out thet it looks like rain arter it fairly pours.
      - The Biglow Papers (no. 9, l. 97)
        [Prophecy (Prophesy)]

Under the yaller pines I house.
  When sunshine makes 'em all sweet-scented,
    An' hear among their furry boughs
      The baskin' west-wind purr contented.
      - The Biglow Papers (second series) [Pine]

Ef you want peace, the thing you've gut to du
  Is jes' to show you're up to fightin', tu.
      - The Biglow Papers (second series, 2)

Stern men with empires in their brains.
      - The Biglow Papers (second series, no. 2)

Our Pilgrim stock wuz pethed with hardihood.
      - The Biglow Papers
         (second series, no. 6, l. 38) [Character]

Soft-heartedness, in times like these,
  Shows sof'ness in the upper story.
      - The Biglow Papers
         (second series, no. 7, l. 119)

The right to be a cussed fool
  Is safe from all devices human,
    It's common (ez a gin'l rule)
      To every critter born of woman.
      - The Biglow Papers
         (second series, no. 7, st. 16) [Folly]

So we're all right, an' I, for one,
  Don't think our cause'll lose in vally
    By rammin' Scriptur' in our gun,
      An' gittin' Natur' for an ally.
      - The Biglow Papers
         (second series, no. 7, st. 17)

Earth's biggest Country's gut her soul
  An' risen up Earth's Greatest Nation.
      - The Biglow Papers
         (second series, no. 7, st. 21) [America]

All kin' o' smily round the lips
  An' teary roun' the lashes.
      - The Biglow Papers
         (second series, The Courtin', st. 21)

The very room, coz she was in,
  Seemed warm f'om floor to ceilin'.
      - The Biglow Papers
         (second series, The Courtin', st. 6)

Democ'acy gives every man
  A right to be his own oppressor.
      - The Biglow Papers (series 2, no. 7)

Gineral C. is a dreffle smart man:
  He's been on all sides that give places or pelf;
    But consistency still wuz a part of his plan;
      He's been true to one party, and that is, himself;--
        So John P.
          Robinson, he
            Sez he shall vote for Gineral C.
      - The Biglow Papers (series I, no. 3)

Behold the whole huge earth sent to me hebdomadally in a brown paper wrapper.
      - The Biglow Papers (series I, no. 6)

But civlyzation doos git forrid
  Sometimes upon a powder-cart.
      - The Biglow Papers (series I, no. 7)

It don't seem hardly right, John,
  When both my hands was full,
    To stump me to a fight, John,
      Your cousin, too, John Bull!
        Ole Uncle S. sez he, "I guess
          We know it now," sez he,
            "The lion's paw is all the law,
              According to J.B.,
                That's fit for you an' me."
      - The Biglow Papers--Jonathan to John
         (st. 1) [War]

Nursed by stern men with empires in their brains.
      - The Biglow Papers--Mason and Slidell

Rippling through thy branches foes the sunshine,
  Among thy leaves that palpitate forever,
    And in thee, a pining nymph had prisoned
      The soul, once of some tremulous inland river,
        Quivering to tell her woe, but ah! dumb, dumb forever.
      - The Birch Tree [Birch]

Skilled to pull wires he baffles nature's hope, who sure intended him to stretch a rope.
      - The Boss, (Tweed) [Politics]

Before man made us citizens, great Nature made us men.
      - The Capture of Fugitive Slaves Near Washington

We remain
  Safe in the hallowed quiets of the past.
      - The Cathedral (l. 234) [Past]

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