Thursday, September 9, 2010

First Lines Second Thoughts — The American Crisis


These are the times that try men's souls:
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will,
in this crisis,
shrink from the service of his country;
but he that stands by it now,
deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.


— Thomas Paine


First Lines Second Thoughts is a look at the first lines of well known literary works.
On second thought, do these opening words stand alone as poetry? Today we look at The American Crisis by Thomas Paine. Published from 1776 to 1883.

The American Crisis was a series of  16 pamphlets written and produced by Paine under the pseudonym "Common Sense."  The above quotation is from the first pamphlet published.