Broad-streeted Richmond . . . The trees in the streets are old trees used to living with people, Family trees that remember your grandfather's name.
Stephen Benet (1898 - 1943)
Source: John Brown's Body, 1928
Contributed by: Zaady
They were half of the first families in Virginia. Well, where do you start, when you start counting F.F.V.s?
Source: Western Star, 1943
The art finds kingdoms in a foot of ground.
American Muse, whose strong and diverse heart So many men have tried to understand But only made it smaller with their art, Because you are as various as your land.
Source: John Brown's Body, 1928, Invocation
I have fallen in love with American names The sharp names that never get fat, The snakeskin titles of mining claims, The plumed war bonnet of Medicine Hat, Tucson and Deadwood and Lost Mule Flat.
Source: American Names, 1927
Stonewall Jackson, wrapped in his beard and his silence.
Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
When Daniel Boone goes by at night The phantom deer arise And all lost, wild America Is burning in their eyes.
Source: Daniel Boone, 1942
I died in my boots like a pioneer With the whole wide sky above me.
Source: A Ballad of William Sycamore, (1790–1880), 1923
Our fathers and ourselves sowed dragon's teeth. Our children know and suffer the armed men.
Source: Litany for Dictatorships, 1936
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