I am trying to find two poems that I was required to memorize back in grade school in the early 1960's.
The first poem was about the disappearance of the wild places in America. The first line, as I remember it, was:
Going, the wild things of our Land. Passing, the antelope and the buffalo ...
The second poem was written about the U.S.S. Constitution, "Old Ironsides" at a time when the historic ship was in serious disrepair and a movement was being mounted to save it. The first line is:
Aye, tear her tattered ensign down, long has it waved on high, and many a eye has danced to see that banner in the sky ...
Any help in finding these poems will be most appreciated. Thanks.
Here's the second one:
By Oliver Wendell Holmes
September 16, 1830
Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
That banner in the sky;
Beneath it rung the battle shout,
And burst the cannon's roar;
The meteor of the ocean air
Shall sweep the clouds no more.
Her deck, once red with heroes' blood,
Where knelt the vanquished foe,
When winds were hurrying o'er the flood,
And waves were white below,
No more shall feel the victor's tread,
Or know the conquered knee;
The harpies of the shore shall pluck
The eagle of the sea!
Oh, better that her shattered bulk
Should sink beneath the wave;
Her thunders shook the mighty deep,
And there should be her grave;
Nail to the mast her holy flag,
Set every threadbare sail,
And give her to the god of storms,
The lightning and the gale!
I'll keep looking for the first.