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American poet and scholar
(1807 - 1882)
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So when a great man dies,
  For years beyond our ken,
    The light he leaves behind him lies
      Upon the paths of men.
      - Charles Sumner (st. 9) [Influence]

And as I read
  I hear the crowing cock, I hear the note
    Of lark and linnet, and from every page
      Rise odors of ploughed field or flowery mead.
      - Chaucer [Country Life]

Ah! what would the world be to us
  If the children were no more?
    We should dread the desert behind us
      Worse than the dark before.
      - Children (st. 4) [Childhood]

The song on its mighty pinions
  Took every living soul, and lifted it gently to heaven.
      - Children of the Lord's Supper (l. 44)

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
  Their old, familiar carols play,
    And wild and sweet
      The words repeat
        Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
      - Christmas Bells (st. 1) [Christmas]

Oh, there is something in that voice that reaches
  The innermost recesses of my spirit!
      - Christus
         (pt. I, The Divine Tragedy, The First Passover, pt. VI)

Come back! ye friendships long departed!
  That like o'erflowing streamlets started,
    And now are dwindled, one by one,
      To stony channels in the sun!
        Come back! ye friends, whose lives are ended,
          Come back, with all that light attended,
            Which seemed to darken and decay
              When ye arose and went away!
      - Christus (pt. II, The Golden Legend, I)

O friend! O best of friends! Thy absence more
  Than the impending night darkens the landscape o'er!
      - Christus (pt. II, The Golden Legend, I)

You know I say
  Just what I think, and nothing more nor less,
    And, when I pray, my heart is in my prayer.
      I cannot say one thing and mean another:
        If I can't pray, I will not make believe!
      - Christus (pt. III) [Prayer]

Day of the Lord, as all our days should be!
      - Christus
         (pt. III, John Endicott, act I, sc. 2)

There's a brave fellow! There's a man of pluck!
  A man who's not afraid to say his say,
    Though a whole town's against him.
      - Christus
         (pt. III, John Endicott, act II, sc. 2)

Who dares
  To say that he alone has found the truth?
      - Christus
         (pt. III, John Endicott, act II, sc. 3)

A fine morning,
  Nothing's the matter with it that I know of.
    I have seen better and I have seen worse.
      - Christus
         (pt. III, John Endicott, act V, sc. 2)

A tender heart; a will inflexible.
      - Christus
         (pt. III, New England Tragedies, John Endicott, act III, sc 2)

Yea, music is the Prophet's art
  Among the gifts that God hath sent,
    One of the most magnificent!
      - Christus
         (pt. III, second interlude, st. 5)

The things that have been and shall be no more,
  The things that are, and that hereafter shall be,
    The things that might have been, and yet were not,
      The fading twilight of joys departed.
      - Christus--Divine Tragedy--First Passover
         (III, Marriage in Cana) [Wonder]

But thou dost make the very night itself
  Brighter than day.
      - Christus--The Divine Tragedy--The First Passover
         (pt. III, l. 133) [Wives]

It is Lucifer,
  The son of mystery;
    And since God suffers him to be,
      He, too, is God's minister,
        And labors for some good
          By us not understood.
      - Christus--The Golden Legend
         (epilogue, last stanza) [Devil]

I see, but cannot reach, the height
  That lies forever in the light.
      - Christus--The Golden Legend
         (p. II, A Village Church) [Ambition]

Seize the loud, vociferous fells, and
  Clashing, clanging to the pavement
    Hurl them from their windy tower!
      - Christus--The Golden Legend (prologue)

These bells have been anointed,
  And baptized with holy water!
      - Christus--The Golden Legend (prologue)

As pleasant songs, at morning sung,
  The words that dropped from his sweet tongue
    Strengthened our hearts; or, heard at night,
      Made all our slumbers soft and light.
      - Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. I)

Night after night,
  He sat and bleared his eyes with books.
      - Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. I)

The Nile, forever new and old,
  Among the living and the dead,
    Its mighty, mystic stream has rolled.
      - Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. I)
        [Nile River]

Touch the goblet no more!
  It will make thy heart sore
    To its very core!
      - Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. I)

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