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HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, February 27, 1807. His father was a lawyer of Portland, and his mother was a descendant of Priscilla in the “Courtship of Miles Standish.” At the age of fourteen, he entered Bowdoin College, where he studied for four years and took his degree with high honors in 1825. His strong preference for a literary career soon showed itself, and having been offered the newly-established professorship of languages in Bowdoin College, for the purpose of qualifying himself for the post, he visited Europe, and spent three and a half years traveling in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland, and England, studying the languages and literature of these countries. In 1829, he returned to America, and entered upon the duties of his professorship. In 1835, he was appointed to the professorship of modern languages and belles-lettres in Harvard College, resigning in 1854. He died in Cambridge, Mass., March 24, 1882.
All are architects of Fate,
Working in these walls of Time;
Some with ornaments of rhyme.
Nothing useless is, or low;
Each thing in its place is best;
Strengthens and supports the rest.
For the structure that we raise,
Time is with materials filled;
Are the blocks with which we build.
What is an architect?
What does the poet mean by “massive deeds and great”? What
What would be some “yawning gaps' between the "to-days” and "yesterdays"?
Why did the builders in the “elder days of Art” work with great care?
Does the poet tell us to live right physically as well as morally?
What do you think “broken stairways“” refers to? (Read “The Ladder of St. Augustine," by Longfellow.)
How shall we build "to-day" in order that “to-morrow” shall be securely built?
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
With what glory comes and goes the year!
There is a beautiful spirit breathing now
Through the trees
The golden robin moves. The purple finch,
O what a glory doth this world put on
HELPS FOR STUDY
Why are the buds spoken of as “beautiful harbingers of sunny skies and cloudless times”?
Explain “Life's newness,' 'earth's garniture,” “silver habit of the clouds," "pomp and pageant."
What is a “breaker”?
Have you ever been in the woods in Autumn? Did the trees look as if their leaves had been colored with “richest dyes”?
Explain “pillared cloud.”
The Wreck of the Hesperus
The Song of Hiawatha The Children's Hour
The Building of the Ship The Fire of Driftwood
The Sermon of St. Francis King Robert of Sicily
Daybreak The Legend Beautiful
My Lost Youth
LYRIC OF ACTION*
PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE
Paul Hamilton Hayne was born in Charleston, South Carolina, January 1, 1830. As a member of a distinguished Southern family, the boy was brought up amid cultured and wealthy surroundings. He was sent to the best schools of Charleston, and afterward to Charleston College, graduating in 1850. Although he had studied law, he longed for a literary life, and became an associate editor of the Southern Literary Gazette, and later editor of Russell's Magazine. He also published three volumes of poems, but the Civil War breaking out interfered seriously with his growing fame as a poet. In spite of a delicate constitution, he volunteered his services, and became an aide on the staff of Governor Pickens. After the war, with home, library, and fortune swept away, he settled in the pine barrens of Georgia. In the little cottage, built of logs, near the city of Augusta, he devoted himself to literature as a means of a livelihood. During the latter part of his life, he suffered from privation and disease, but his fine courage sustained him to the end. He died July 6, 1886. 'Tis the part of a coward to brood
O'er the past that is withered and dead:
What though the heart's music be fled?
Still shine the grand heavens o'erhead, Whence the voice of an angel thrills clear on the soul, “Gird about thee thine armor, press on to the goal!”
If the faults or the crimes of thy youth
Are a burden too heavy to bear,
Of a jealous and craven despair?
Down, down with the fetters of fear! *Reprinted by permission of the publishers, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Company, Boston, Mass.