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Poem by William Gilmore Simms


The Decay of a People


THIS the true sign of ruin to a race   
 It undertakes no march, and day by day  
Drowses in camp, or, with the laggards pace,  
 Walks sentry oer possessions that decay;  
 Destined, with sensible waste, to fleet away; 
For the first secret of continued power  
 Is the continued conquest;  all our sway  
Hath surety in the uses of the hour;  
If that we waste, in vain walled town and lofty tower!



William Gilmore Simms


William Gilmore Simms's other poems:
  1. Song in March
  2. The Swamp Fox
  3. The Lost Pleiad
  4. Blessings on Children
  5. Song Bird and Flower


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