Notes and Documents
Seven Patriotic Poems from ew Orleans ews-
papers on the War for texas ItdepedAeice
Edited by HENNIG COHEN
THE following seven poems were transcribed from a scrap-
book owned by the Howard-Tilton Library of Tulane
University. Aside from what literary merit they may or
may not possess, these poems are convincing evidence of the
sympathetic response of the people of New Orleans for the
cause of Texas independence.
The scrapbook, a bound volume measuring eight and one-half
inches by ten and one-half inches, consists of seventy-nine pages
of poems and engravings extracted from magazines and news-
papers between 1827 and 1840. The keeper of the scrapbook
seems to have been a woman of considerable taste. Although the
poems which she preserved include some of the typical senti-
mental effusions of that period, she also selected works by Wil-
liam Cullen Bryant, Thomas Moore, Lord Byron, Henry.Wads-
worth Longfellow, Thomas Hood, Samuel Coleridge, Elizabeth
Barrett Browning, N. P. Willis, and Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
Six of the seven poems were published in New Orleans news-
papers. It is impossible to identify these newspapers or to deter-
mine the exact date of publication. Information on the reverse
sides of the clippings, however, leaves no doubt regarding the
place of publication and, in several instances, reveals the approx-
imate date. Since the poems were not credited to other publica-
tions, it is probable that they were the work of local versifiers.
In transcribing these poems, the originals have been followed
exactly. Typographical errors as well as inconsistencies and mis-
takes in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation have been re-
tained. The poems are presented in the order in which they
appear in the scrapbook.
LINES ON THE DEATH OF THE LATE DAVID CROCKET WHO FELL AT BEJAI.
He fell as doth a lion bold,
Beneath a Tyrant's hand;
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101133/. Accessed April 18, 2014.