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Poems on Ohio


Poems on Ohio

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    Clement Luther Martzolff
Excerpt from book: Yes: here may some intrepid chieftain lie, Some Alexander great as Philip's son, Whose daring prowess bade the Persian fly Before the conquering arm of Maceclon: Or greater still, some former Washington, Whom glory warmed and liberty inspired! Who for this hemisphere perchance had won His country's freedom, and deplored, expired, Bathed by a nation's tears, beloved, revered, admired. TO AN INDIAN MOUND. By Thomas H. SfiREVE.32 (1808-1853.) Whence, and why art thou here, mysterious mound? Are questions which man asks but asks in vain: For o'er thy destinies a night profound, All rayless and all echoless, doth reign. A thousand years have passed like yesterday, Since wintry snows first on thy bosom slept, And much of mortal grandeur passed away, Since thou hast here thy voiceless vigils kept. While standing thus upon thy oak-crowned head, The shadows of dim ages long since gone Reel on my mind, like spectres of the dead, While dirge-like music haunts the wind's low moan. From out the bosom of the boundless past There rises up no voice of thee to tell: Eternal silence like a shadow vast Broods on the breast and shrouds thine annals well. "Thomas H. Shreve was a Quaker, whose later years were spent upon the editorial staff of the Louisville Journal. He was engaged in literary work of various sorts also in Cincinnati. An extensive sketch of his life is given by William Davis Gallagher, in CoggeshelFs "Poets and Poetry of the West." Didst thou not ante-date the rise of Rome, Egyptia's pyramids and Grecian arts? Did not the wild deer here for shelter come Before the Tyrrhene sea had ships or marts? Through shadows deep and dark the mind must pierce Which glances backward to that ancient time: Nations before it fall in ...  
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