Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(27 February 1807 – 24 March 1882 / Portland, Maine)

Agassiz - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I stand again on the familiar shore,
And hear the waves of the distracted sea
Piteously calling and lamenting thee,
And waiting restless at thy cottage door.
The rocks, the sea-weed on the ocean floor,
The willows in the meadow, and the free
Wild winds of the Atlantic welcome me;
Then why shouldst thou be dead, and come no more?
Ah, why shouldst thou be dead, when common men
Are busy with their trivial affairs,
Having and holding? Why, when thou hadst read
Nature's mysterious manuscript, and then
Wast ready to reveal the truth it bears,
Why art thou silent! Why shouldst thou be dead?

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  • Gold Star - 29,942 Points * Sunprincess * (8/23/2015 8:46:00 PM)

    .......nicely written....a touching and heartfelt lament ★ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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