Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Boston - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

St. Botolph's Town! Hither across the plains
And fens of Lincolnshire, in garb austere,
There came a Saxon monk, and founded here
A Priory, pillaged by marauding Danes,
So that thereof no vestige now remains;
Only a name, that, spoken loud and clear,
And echoed in another hemisphere,
Survives the sculptured walls and painted panes.
St. Botolph's Town! Far over leagues of land
And leagues of sea looks forth its noble tower,
And far around the chiming bells are heard;
So may that sacred name forever stand
A landmark, and a symbol of the power,
That lies concentred in a single word.


Comments about Boston by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Rajnish Manga (4/18/2017 2:56:00 AM)


    It reminds me of certain other places known by the name of their presiding saints. A nice tribute. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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  • Upendra Majhi (4/18/2017 1:48:00 AM)


    fens of linconshire, in garb austere, saxon monk, marauding danes, no vestige now remains, echoed in another hemisphere,
    beautiful narrative.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/18/2017 1:36:00 AM)


    Its noble tower! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/18/2017 1:11:00 AM)


    Spoken loud and clear..... thanks for posting.... (Report) Reply

  • (11/25/2016 7:04:00 PM)


    (Boston - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.) **Penned for Boston- a tribute in kind. (Report) Reply

  • (3/23/2016 7:51:00 PM)


    ..........well penned a wonderful narrative ★ (Report) Reply

  • (3/6/2016 10:49:00 PM)


    Amazing narration of the history of Boston city since it's inception as St. Botalph's town. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010



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