Hannah Flagg Gould

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Hannah Flagg Gould (September 3, 1789September 5 1865) was a poet, born in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Flagg began writing poetry in her Thirties.


  • Alone I walked on the ocean strand,
    A pearly shell was in my hand;
    I stooped, and wrote upon the sand
    My name, the year, the day.
    As onward from the sport I passed,
    One lingering look behind I cast,
    A wave came rolling high and fast,
    And washed my lines away.
    • "A Name In the Sand"
  • Wisdom, Power and Goodness meet
    In the bounteous field of wheat.
    • "The Wheatfield"
  • Come out — pretty Rose-Bud, — my lone, timid one!
    Come forth from thy green leaves, and peep at the sun!
    For little he does, in these dull autumn hours,
    At height'ning of beauty, or laughing with flowers.
    • "The Rose-Bud of Autumn" in The Youth's Coronal (published 1850).
  • I am feeble, pale and weary,
    And my wings are nearly furled;
    I have caused a scene so dreary,
    I am glad to quit the world!
    With bitterness I'm thinking
    On the evil I have done,
    And to my caverns sinking
    From the coming of the sun.
    • "The Dying Storm" in Poems (published 1835), p. 59.

The Frost

  • The Frost looked forth one still, clear night,
    And he said, "Now I shall be out of sight;
    So through the valley and over the height
    In silence I'll take my way."
    • Cited by Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
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