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The Children's Hour

Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations,
That is known as the Children's Hour.

I hear in the chamber above me
The patter of little feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
And voices soft and sweet.

From my study I see in the lamplight,
Descending the broad hall stair,
Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,
And Edith with golden hair.

A whisper, and then a silence:
Yet I know by their merry eyes
They are plotting and planning together
To take me by surprise.

A sudden rush from the stairway,
A sudden raid from the hall!
By three doors left unguarded
They enter my castle wall!

They climb up into my turret
O'er the arms and back of my chair;
If I try to escape, they surround me;
They seem to be everywhere.

They almost devour me with kisses,
Their arms about me entwine,
Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen
In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine!

Do you think, o blue-eyed banditti,
Because you have scaled the wall,
Such an old mustache as I am
Is not a match for you all!

I have you fast in my fortress,
And will not let you depart,
But put you down into the dungeon
In the round-tower of my heart.

And there will I keep you forever,
Yes, forever and a day,
Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
And moulder in dust away!


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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You would attain to the divine perfection, And yet not turn your back upon the world
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Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Oh, fear not in a world like this, and thou shalt know erelong, know how sublime a thing it is to su...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Be still, sad heart, and cease repining; Behind the clouds the sun is shining; Thy fate is the commo...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Man-like it is to fall into sin; fiendlike it is to dwell therein.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
I see, but cannot reach, the height That lies forever in the light.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Great men stand like solitary towers in the city of God.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
So when a great man dies, For years beyond our ken, The light he leaves behind him lies ...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Rule by patience, Laughing Water!
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave us behin...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Enjoy the spring of love and youth, To some good angel leave the rest, For time will teach the...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Art is long, and Time is fleeting, And out hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffled...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Silently one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-no...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their c...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The mind of the scholar, if he would leave it large and liberal, should come in contact with other m...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Ah, Nothing is too late, till the tired heart shall cease to palpitate.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
Only a signal shown and a distan...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves
that break upon the idle seashore of t...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gat...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
All things come round to him who will but wait.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow is our destined way, but to act that each tomorrow may find us further...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
All the means of action -- the shapeless masses -- the materials -- lie everywhere about us. What we...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The world loves a spice of wickedness.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Then read from the treasured volume the poem of thy choice, and lend to the rhyme of the poet the be...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
He speaketh not; and yet there lies
A conversation in his eyes.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The shades of night were falling fast,
As though an Alpine village passed
A youth, who bore, '...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
One half the world must sweat and groan that the other half may dream.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
A feeling of sadness and longing that is not akin to pain, and resembles sorrow only as the mist res...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
We have not wings we cannot soar; but, we have feet to scale and climb, by slow degrees, by more and...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
An angel with a trumpet said, "Forever more, forever more, The reign of violence is o'er!"
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
See yonder little cloud, that, borne aloft So tenderly by the wind, floats fast away Over the ...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Even cities have their graves!
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
See, how the stream has overflowed Its banks, and o'er the meadow road Is spreading far and wi...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Sweet April! many a thought Is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed; Nor shall they fail, till...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
These bells have been anointed, And baptized with holy water!
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The holiest of all holidays are those Kept by ourselves in silence and apart; The secret anniv...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days Th...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
What else remains for me? Youth, hope and love; To build a new life on a ruined life.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Day of the Lord, as all our days should be!
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
For after all, the best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Sculpture is more than painting. It is greater To raise the dead to life than to create Phant...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Feet that run on willing errands!
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
I love the season well When forest glades are teeming with bright forms, Nor dark and many-fol...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
And the fireflies, Wah-wah-taysee, Waved their torches to mislead him.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
And the night shall be filled with music And the cares, that infest the day, Shall fold their ...
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The light upon her face Shines from the windows of another world. Saints only have such faces.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW