William Ross Wallace was born at Lexington, Ky., in 1819. He practiced law in New York after 1841, and contributed occasionally for magazines. He died at New York, May 5, 1881. Wallace had the sense of literary patriotism and the gift of rhetoric, rather than natural poetic inspiration. His poems, however, are in their way praiseworthy. Among them, Of Thine Own Country Sing is characterized by its breadth and vigor of treatment, by the clear and well-proportioned presentation of his theme. This piece recalls some of the shorter poems of Coleridge.
"The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World" is a poem by William Ross Wallace that praises motherhood as the preeminent force for change in the world. The poem was first published in 1865 under the title "What Rules The World".
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IMAGE CREDIT: Meditations in America, and other poems Author: William Ross Wallace. Publisher: C. Scribner, 1851. Original from: the New York Public Library. Digitized: Nov 29, 2006. Length: 143 pages.
TEXT RESOURCE: American song: a collection of representative American poems, with analytical and critical studies of the writers. Editor: Arthur Beaman Simonds. Contributor: Arthur Beaman Simonds. Publisher: G. P. Putnam's sons, 1894. Original from: Harvard University. Digitized: Feb 27, 2009. Length: 310 pages. Subjects:American poetry