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William Cullen Bryant
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"He (Bryant) is a master in verse"
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
 
"He [Bryant] touches the highest universal truths, enthusiasms, duties- morals as grim and eternal, if not as stormy and fateful, as anything in Aeschylus"
- Walt Whitman
 
"His poetry is sincere. I think of the young poets that they have seen pictures of mountains, and sea-shores, but in his that he has seen mountains and has the staff in his hand."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
"It was worth a journey to the East merely to see such a man."
- Abraham Lincoln
 
"He grew to be not only a citizen, journalist, thinker, poet, but the beautiful, serene, majestic ideal of a good and venerable man."
- The poet Edmund Clarence Stedman, two days after Bryant's death