John Trumbull (poet)
John Trumbull (April 24, 1750 – May 11, 1831) was an American poet born in what is now Watertown, Connecticut, where his father was a Congregational preacher.
- But optics sharp it needs, I ween,
To see what is not to be seen.
- But as some muskets so contrive it
As oft to miss the mark they drive at,
And though well aimed at duck or plover,
Bear wide, and kick their owners over.
- As though there were a tie
And obligation to posterity.
We get them, bear them, breed, and nurse:
What has posterity done for us.
That we, lest they their rights should lose,
Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?
- No man e'er felt the halter draw,
With good opinion of the law.
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