9 Most Popular Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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  • The Arrow And The Song

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    I shot an arrow into the air,
    It fell to earth, I knew not where;
    For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
    Could not follow it in its flight.

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    When I was a boy, my mother would read poetry and classic literature to me before I was even old enough to attend school. Longfellow's "The Arrow and the Song" was one I easily memorized, and...

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  • A Psalm Of Life

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    Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
    Life is but an empty dream!—
    For the soul is dead that slumbers,
    And things are not what they seem.

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    My deceased husband introduced me to this poem 55 years ago, and I've always considered it a great gift.

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  • Christmas Bells

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    I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    Their old, familiar carols play,
    And wild and sweet
    The words repeat

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    It's wonderful. I love how he added that he believes in God. Best poem ever.

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  • Paul Revere's Ride

    in Famous Narrative Poems

    Listen my children and you shall hear
    Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
    On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
    Hardly a man is now alive

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  • The Cross Of Snow

    in Famous Death Poems

    In the long, sleepless watches of the night,
    A gentle face--the face of one long dead--
    Looks at me from the wall, where round its head
    The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light.

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  • Holidays

    in Famous Holiday Poems

    The holiest of all holidays are those
    Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
    The secret anniversaries of the heart,
    When the full river of feeling overflows;--

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  • The Children's Hour

    in Famous Family Poems

    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.

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  • Afternoon In February

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    The day is ending,
    The night is descending;
    The marsh is frozen,
    The river dead.

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  • My Lost Youth

    in Famous Life Poems

    Often I think of the beautiful town
    That is seated by the sea;
    Often in thought go up and down
    The pleasant streets of that dear old town,

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    I was born in a village away from the busy city. My village was blessed with many natural resources like streams, mountains, and small scale waterfalls. Most of the villagers were farmers....

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