Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was a Massachusetts professor and poet, widely considered to be the most popular American poet of his day. His works include such famous poems as Paul Revere's Ride, Evangeline, and The Song of Hiawatha.
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th' unbroken song
What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist.
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life...
This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight,
Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic,
Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on...
"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years' mere study of books." –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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