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American poet and scholar
(1807 - 1882)
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There is no Death! What seems so is transition;
  This life of mortal breath
    Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
      Whose portal we call Death.
      - Resignation [Death]

There is no flock, however watched and tended,
  But one dead lamb is there!
    There is no fireside howso'er defended,
      But has one vacant chair.
      - Resignation [Death]

We see but dimly through the mists and vapors;
  Amid these earthly damps
    What seem to us but sad, funereal tapers
      May be heaven's distant lamps.
      - Resignation (st. 4) [Heaven]

Safe from temptation, safe from sin's pollution,
  She lives, whom we call dead.
      - Resignation (st. 7) [Immortality]

A handful of red sand from the hot clime
  Of Arab deserts brought,
    Within this glass becomes the spy of Time,
      The minister of Thought.
      - Sand of the Desert in an Hour-Glass [Time]

A Lady with a lamp shall stand
  In the great history of the land,
    A noble type of good,
      Heroic womanhood.
      - Santa Filomena (st. 10) [Women]

The pleasant books, that silently among
  Our household treasures take familiar places,
    And are to us as if a living tongue
      Spake from the printed leaves or pictured faces!
      - Seaside and Fireside--Dedication [Books]

For I am weary, and am overwrought
  With too much toil, with too much care distraught,
    And with the iron crown of anguish crowned.
      Lay thy soft hand upon my brow and cheek,
        O peaceful Sleep!
      - Sleep [Sleep]

Out of the bosom of the Air,
  Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
    Over the woodlands brown and bare,
      Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
        Silent, and soft, and slow
          Descends the snow.
      - Snow-Flakes [Snow]

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
  Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
    For those that wander they know not where
      Are full of trouble and full of care;
        To stay at home is best.
      - Song (st. 1) [Home]

Leaving us heirs to amplest heritages
  Of all the best thoughts of the greatest sages,
    And giving tongues unto the silent dead!
      - Sonnet of Mrs. Kemble's Reading from Shakespeare

Like two cathedral towers these stately pines
  Uplift their fretted summits tipped with cones;
    The arch beneath them is not built with stones,
      Not Art but Nature traced these lovely lines,
        And carved this graceful arabesque of vines;
          No organ but the wind here sighs and moans,
            No sepulchre conceals a martyr's bones,
              No marble bishop on his tomb reclines.
                Enter! the pavement, carpeted with leaves,
                  Gives back a softened echo to thy tread!
                    Listen! the choir is singing; all the birds,
                      In leafy galleries beneath the eaves,
                        Are singing! listen, ere the sound be fled,
                          And learn there may be worship without words.
      - Sonnets--My Cathedral [Pine]

Since yesterday I have been in Alcala.
  Erelong the time will come, sweet Preciosa,
    When that dull distance shall no more divide us;
      And I no more shall scale thy wall by night
        To steal a kiss from thee, as I do now.
      - Spanish Student (act I, sc. 3)

'Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
  Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
      - Spanish Student (act I, sc. 3) [Easter]

That was the first sound in the song of love!
  Scarce more than silence is, and yet a sound.
    Hands of invisible spirits touch the strings
      Of that mysterious instrument, the soul,
        And play the prelude of our fate. We hear
          The voice prophetic, and are not alone.
      - Spanish Student (act I, sc. 3, l. 109)

I love thee, as the good love heaven.
      - Spanish Student (act I, sc. 3, l. 146)

Dreams of the summer night!
  Tell her, her lover keeps
    Watch! while in slumbers light
      She sleeps!
        My lady sleeps!
      - Spanish Student
         (act I, sc. 3, Serenade, st. 4) [Sleep]

Your supper is like the Hidalgo's dinner; very little meat, and a great deal of tablecloth.
      - Spanish Student (act I, sc. 4) [Eating]

All the means of action--
  The shapeless masses, the materials--
    Lie everywhere about us. That we need
      Is the celestial fire to change the flint
        Into transparent crystal, bright and clear.
          That fire is genius!
      - Spanish Student (act I, sc. 5) [Genius]

Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.
  It serves for food and raiment.
      - Spanish Student (act I, sc. 5, l. 52)

Like a fair lily on a river floating
  She floats upon the river of his thoughts.
      - Spanish Student (act II, sc. 3) [Women]

And the bright faces of my young companions
  Are wrinkled like my own, or are no more.
      - Spanish Student (act III, sc. 3) [Age]

Is this is a dream? O, if it be a dream,
  Let me sleep on, and do not wake me yet!
      - Spanish Student (act III, sc. 5) [Dreams]

It is a dream, sweet child! a waking dream,
  A blissful certainty, a vision bright,
    Of that rare happiness, which even on earth
      Heaven gives to those it loves.
      - Spanish Student (act III, sc. 5) [Visions]

Fortune comes well to all that comes not late.
      - Spanish Student (act III, sc. 5, l. 281)

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