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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
AMONG THE HILLS.
PAGE “ With forehead bared, the farmer stood, Upon his pitchfork leaning."
227 MABEL MARTIN. Mabel Martin.
235 “She leaned against the door.”
244 COBBLER KEEZAR'S VISION.
" When Keezar sat on the hillside Upon his cobbler's form."
248 MAUD MULLER.
" Maud Muller, un a summer's day, Raked the meadow sweet with hay."
276 " And the young girl nused beside the well."' .
279 LITTLE PEOPLE OF THE SNOW.
" That mountain rose
307 GRANDMOTHER'S STORY OF BUNKER HILL
BATTLE. “ How they surged abore the breastwork." .
331 THE SCHOOL BOY. " The classic hall."
338 " The waters of the dark Shawshine." THE VISION OF SIR LAUNFAL. “ As Sir Launfal made morn through the darksome gate.".
358 “So he mused, as he sat, of a sunnier clime.”
362 UNDER THE WILLOWS. “But June is full of invitations sweet."
367 UNDER THE OLD ELM. The Old Elm, Cambridge, Mass.
378 THE ADIRONDACS.
View in the Adirondac Mountains
AENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
ENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW was boru
in Portland, Maine, February 27, 1807. He was a classmate of Hawthorne at Bowdoin College, graduating there in the class of 1825. He began the study of law in the office of his father, Hon. Stephen Longfellow; but receiving shortly the appointment of professor of modern languages at Bowdoin, he devoted himself after that to litera. ture, and to teaching in connection with literature. Before beginning his work at Bowdoin he increased his qualifications by travel and study in Europe, where he stayed three years. Upon his return he gave his lectures on modern languages and literature at the college, and wrote occasionally for the North American Review and other periodicals. The first volume which he published was an Essay on the Moral and Devotional Poetry of Spain, accompanied by translations from Spanish
This was issued in 1833, but has not been kept in print as a separate work. It appears as a chapter in Outre-Mer, a reflection of his Euro
pean life and travel, the first of his prose-writings. In 1835 he was invited to succeed Mr. George Ticknor as professor of modern languages and literature at Harvard College, and again went to Europe for preparatory study, giving especial attention to Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries. He held his professorship until 1851, but continued to live in Cambridge until his death, March 24, 1882, occupying a house known from a former occupant as the Craigie House, and also as Washington's headquarters, that general having so used it while organizing the army that held Boston in siege at the beginning of the Revolution. Everett, Sparks, and Worcester, the lexicographer, at one time or another lived in this house, and here Longfellow wrote most of his works. In 1839 appeared Hyperion, a Romance, which, with more narrative form than Outre-Mer, like that gave the results of a poet's entrance into the riches of the Old World life. In the same year was published Voices of the Night, a little volume containing chiefly poems and translations which had been printed separately in periodicals. The Psalm of Life, perhaps the best known of Longfellow's short poems, was in this volume, and here too were The Beleaguered City and Footsteps of Angels. Ballads, and other Poems and Poems on Slavery appeared in 1842; The Spanish Student, a play in three acts, in 1843; The Belfry of Bruges and other Poems in 1846; Evangeline in 1847; Kavanagh, A Tale, in prose, in 1849. Beside the various volumes com
prising short poems, the list of Mr. Longfellow's works includes The Golden Legend, The Song of Hiawatha, The Courtship of Miles Standish, Tales of a Wayside Inn, The New England Tragedies, and a translation of Dante's Divina Commedia. Mr. Longfellow's literary life began in his college days, and he wrote poems almost to the day of his death. A classification of his poems and longe: works would be an interesting task, and would help to disclose the wide range of his sympathy and taste; a collection of the metres which he has used would show the versatility of his art, and similar studies would lead one to discover the many counttries and ages to which he would go for subjects. It would not be difficult to gather from the volume of Longfellow's poems hints of personal experience, that biography of the heart which is of more worth to us than any record, however full, of external change and adventure. Such hints
be found, for example, in the early lines, To the River Charles, which may be compared with his recent Three Friends of Mine, iv., V.; in A Gleam of Sunshine, To a Child, The Day is Done, The Fire of Driftwood, Resignation, The Open Window, The Ladder of St. Augustine, My Lost Youth, The Children's Hour, Weariness, and other poems, not that we are to take all sentiments and statements made in the first person as the poet's, for often the form of the poem is so far dramatic that the poet is assuming a character not necessarily his own, but the recurrence of certain strains, joined with personal
allusions, helps one to penetrate the slight veil with which the poet, here as elsewhere, half con. ceals and half reveals himself. The friendly associations of the poet may also be discovered in several poems directly addressed to persons or distinctly allusive of them, and the reader will find it pleasant to construct the companionship of the poet out of such poems as The Herons of Elmwood, To William E. Channing, The Fiftieth Birthday of Agassiz, To Charles Sumner, the Prelude to Tales of a Wayside Inn, Hawthorne, and other poems. An interesting study of Mr. Longfellow's writings will be found in a paper by W. D. How ells, in the North American Review, vol. civ.