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Excursions in Criticism. 1893. "Mr. Lowell
W. Watson. as a Critic."
K. L. Bates.
American Literature, pp. 147–154, 234–238. H. James. Essays in London and Elsewhere. 1893. (Same, Atlantic Monthly, January, 1892.)
C. E. Norton.
Letters of James Russell Lowell, 2 volumes,
E. E. Hale.
James Russell Lowell and His Friends.
1899. James Russell Lowell. The Beacon Biog
Magazine Articles : Critic, March 27, 1886, G. E. Woodberry; Review of Reviews, Lowell Number, November, 1891; Forum, October, 1891, F. W. Farrar; North American Review, October, 1891, R. H. Stoddard; New England Magazine, November, 1891, F. B. Sanborn; Century, November, 1891, G. E. Woodbury; Critic, Lowell Number, February 20, 1892 ; Century, August, 1893; Harper's, May, 1893, C. E. Norton.
The standard edition of Lowell's works is that published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston, in 12 volumes. The poems are issued separately by the same publishers in various forms. The Riverside edition in 4 volumes is the best library edition. The new Cambridge edition is complete in one vol
THE VISION OF SIR LAUNFAL.
PRELUDE TO PART FIRST.
OVER his keys the musing organist,
And builds a bridge from Dreamland for his lay:
Gives hope and fervor, nearer draws his theme,
Not only around our infancy
Doth heaven with all its splendors lie;
Daily, with souls that cringe and plot,
Over our manhood bend the skies;
With our faint hearts the mountain strives;
And to our age's drowsy blood
Earth gets its price for what Earth gives us;
The priest hath his fee who comes and shrives us,
We bargain for the graves we lie in;
No price is set on the lavish summer;
And what is so rare as a day in June?
And over it softly her warm ear lays;
An instinct within it that reaches and towers, And, groping blindly above it for light,
Climbs to a soul in grass and flowers; The flush of life may well be seen
Thrilling back over hills and valleys;
The buttercup catches the sun in its chalice,
With the deluge of summer it receives;