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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1807–1882
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1868. (Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Major works:
Evangeline, a Tale of AcadieThe Courtship of Miles StandishThe Song of Hiawatha • “Excelsior” • “The Wreck of the Hesperus” • “Paul Revere’s Ride” • “A Psalm of Life”

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Snow-Flakes

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Out of the bosom of the Air,
   Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
      Silent, and soft, and slow
      Descends the snow.
Even as our cloudy fancies take
   Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
In the white countenance confession,
      The troubled sky reveals
      The grief it feels.
This is the poem of the air,
   Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
      Now whispered and revealed
      To wood and field.

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