Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Keats - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The young Endymion sleeps Endymion's sleep;
The shepherd-boy whose tale was left half told!
The solemn grove uplifts its shield of gold
To the red rising moon, and loud and deep
The nightingale is singing from the steep;
It is midsummer, but the air is cold;
Can it be death? Alas, beside the fold
A shepherd's pipe lies shattered near his sheep.
Lo! in the moonlight gleams a marble white,
On which I read: "Here lieth one whose name
Was writ in water." And was this the meed
Of his sweet singing? Rather let me write:
"The smoking flax before it burst to flame
Was quenched by death, and broken the bruised reed."


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  • (11/25/2016 7:01:00 PM)


    (Keats - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.) **Longfellow takes time to write a tribute in kind. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/23/2005 9:38:00 PM)


    A few more kind words from a Master. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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