Poetry & Song

'If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.' ~ Charles Darwin

The Liberty & Property Legends are littered with poetry, song and literature references! From the classic verse of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to beloved cowboy songs to lively discussions on Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and the time-honored works of Jane Austen.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The following poems by HWL beautify the pages of the Legends so far...

The Courtship of Miles
A Psalm of Life
The Children's Hour
The Cross of Snow
The Song of Hiawatha
My Lost Youth
The Clock on the Stairs
Emma & Eginhard
Song: Stay at Home

The Light of Stars

Interlude: The Student's Tale
The Two Rivers
To the Avon
It Is Not Always May
The Spanish Student


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You often hear couples say, 'that's our song'! It's not long after sheriff Cliff Ryan and feisty young  reporter Emmaline Roberts meet in EMPIRE FOR LIBERTY Dangerous Lullaby that  the pair  find they have 'a poem' which truly expresses their relationship. As Cliff says, it is 'considered to be one of the most romantic poems in  English literature'. While Emmaline is struggling to foil his advances, the poem is one of her favorites. How can a girl resist? Here it is in full.

Love's Philosophy
by Percy Bysshe Shelley


The fountain mingles with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean
The winds of heaven mix forever
With a sweet emotion.
Nothing in the world is single
All things by law divine
In one another's being mingle
Why not I with thine?


See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another
No sister flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother:

And sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea

What is all this sweet work worth

If thou kiss not me?

(published in The Indicator, 1819, by Leigh Hunt)





Traditional Cowboy Songs


Hast ever been in Omaha

Where rolls the dark Missouri down,
And four strong horses scarce can draw
An empty wagon through the town?
Where sand is blown from every mound
To fill the eyes and ears and throat -
Where all the steamers are aground
And all the shanties are afloat?


Where whiskey shops the livelong night
Are vending their poison juice:
Where men are often very tight,
And women deemed a trifle loose?
Where taverns have an anxious guest
For every corner, shelf and crack;
With half the people going west,
And all the others going back?


Where theaters are all the run
And bloody scalpers come to trade;
Where everything is overdone
And everybody underpaid?
If not, take heed to what I say:

You'll find it just as I have found it;
And if it lies upon your way,
For God's sake, reader, go around it!


Harper's Magazine, 1869

 O you whom I often and silently come where you are that I may be with you,
as I walk by your side or sit near,
or remain in the same room with you,
little you know the subtle electric fire that for your sake is playing within me.

in 'Leaves of Grass' by  Walt Whitman

My Home
by Kelley Diana Keaton
penned at age 15


Oh, heart's desire, come, for

I have waited long,
My majestic mountain land.
My winter wonderland
of snow and ice.
My summer land rich in pasture,
Sustaining peoples past and present.

My eternal place,
where end of land
and edge of sky
meet to dance together in timeless ritual to the song of constant wind.
My river land,
where a diamond-studded snake hugs the road from the gorge below,
or sweeps away at its own bidding,
absorbing color from the sky
and brilliance from the sun.
Come be in my heart and in
my soul for ever more.