Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Poetry | 1996
Transcription THE PRESS:

An Ode of the Charleston Typographical Society, at the reception of the
Palmetto Regiment in Charleston, July 28, 1848.
by
William Gilmore Simms, Second Edition, April 17, 1993


I. Of old hero's legitimate sons,
Make way for the Press, my good fellows, At Vera Cruz took their first set-to,
And know, when all's utter'd and done, In a hug with the Mexican Dons;
That the Printer may lift up his bellows When with courage and modesty dear as
Whene'er there's a victory won; The faith which they caught from their Sires,
'Tis he that, from sentinel stations, They grappled the foe at Contreras,
Still watchful for man in each clime, And smote him with fatallest fires;
Sets in motion the might of the nations, Who louder than we sang their glory,
For the conquest of truth over time! Who better their valor display'd, –
Make way for the Press, and keep moving, Or, who, in the pages of story,
For know, when you hearken its rush, The record more certainly made.
That the head there's no chance of
improving, V.
It is morally certain to crush. We watch'd them with fond admiration,
Through each passage of slaughter and
11. strife,
Whose voice is it rings o'er the ocean, The first to exult with the nation,
And rouses the empires to hear? – To whom each new triumph was life;
Who sets the great progress in motion, Our voices that hail'd their devotion,
That rouses the soul far and near? In each progress through danger to fame,
Who stirs the proud thought in each spirit, Though they falter with deepest emotion,
Who rifles the past for the race,– Shall still proudly swell with each name.
Who saves all the truth we inherit, The press shall declare to the ages,
And rescues the brave from the base? The valor and worth we approve;
Who else but the Printer, who scatters And the future that broods o'er our pages,
His lightning-like sheets as he goes, Shall honor the brave whom we love!
Tearing falsehood and error to tatters,
And saving the free from their foes. [This ode was first published as a broadside
and distributed during the parade in
III. Charleston celebrating the return of the
Who first, when that dolt Ampudia, Palmetto Regiment after the Mexican War.
With Arista, the big, at his back, No copies of this broadside are known to
Cross'd the Bravo, with silly idea, exist. It was reprinted in several Charleston
To give the bad scare to old Zack; newspapers immediately after the event.
Who show'd you where, stout as a whaler, The text here is taken from the version that
Our hero stood fearless and grim, Simms apparently preferred, that in the
While those who would cut down our Charleston Evening News, July 31, 1848,
Taylor, which he preserved in a scrapbook, now in
Were most certainly cut up by him? the Charles Carroll Simms Collection, South
The Printer, the Printer, whose blessing, Caroliniana Library, University of South
Is greatest when thus he can show, Carolina. The author's name has been
How ably he deals in expressing, added after the title, and a few changes have
The tidings you most like to know! been made in the original newspaper
IV. format.]
And when our own sprigs of Palmetto,




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