Thomas Buchanan Read

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Thomas Buchanan Read

Thomas Buchanan Read (March 12, 1822May 11, 1872), American poet, was a portrait-painter, and lived much abroad. He wrote a prose romance, The Pilgrims of the Great St. Bernard, and several books of poetry, including The New Pastoral, The House by the Sea, Sylvia, and A Summer Story.


  • Within the sober realm of leafless trees,
    The russet year inhaled the dreamy air;
    Like some tanned reaper, in his hour of ease,
    When all the fields are lying brown and bare.
    • The closing Scene. Sc. i.
  • My soul to-day
    Is far away
    Sailing the Vesuvian Bay.
    • Drifting.
  • With dreamful eyes
    My spirit lies
    Under the walls of Paradise.
    • Drifting.
  • Yon deep bark goes
    Where Traffic blows
    From lands of sun to lands of snows;—
    Yon happier one,
    Its course is run
    From lands of snow to lands of sun.
    • Drifting.
  • We bring roses, beautiful fresh roses,
    Dewy as the morning and colored like the dawn.
    • The new pastoral Book.
  • O Night! most beautiful and rare!
    Thou givest the heavens their holiest hue,
    And through the azure fields of air
    Bring’st down the gentle dew.
    • Night.
  • The terrible rumble, grumble and roar
    Telling the battle was on once more—
    And Sheridan twenty miles away!
    • Sheridan’s Ride.
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