Happy Birthday, William Cullen Bryant

BryantAbout This Poem

William Cullen Bryant’s poetry is affiliated with the Romantics, often reflecting an obsession with nature and a thoughtful desire for silence and solitude. Today is the 219th anniversary of his birth.


by William Cullen Bryant

Yet one smile more, departing, distant sun! 

One mellow smile through the soft vapory air, 

Ere, o’er the frozen earth, the loud winds run, 

Or snows are sifted o’er the meadows bare. 

One smile on the brown hills and naked trees, 

And the dark rocks whose summer wreaths are cast, 

And the blue gentian flower, that, in the breeze, 

Nods lonely, of her beauteous race the last. 

Yet a few sunny days, in which the bee 

Shall murmur by the hedge that skirts the way, 

The cricket chirp upon the russet lea, 

And man delight to linger in thy ray. 

Yet one rich smile, and we will try to bear 

The piercing winter frost, and winds, and darkened air.


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