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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
A Book of Sonnets
Parker Cleaveland
 
Written on Revisiting Brunswick in the Summer of 1875

AMONG the many lives that I have known,
  None I remember more serene and sweet,
  More rounded in itself and more complete,
  Than his, who lies beneath this funeral stone.
These pines, that murmur in low monotone,        5
  These walks frequented by scholastic feet,
  Were all his world; but in this calm retreat
  For him the Teacher’s chair became a throne.
With fond affection memory loves to dwell
  On the old days, when his example made        10
  A pastime of the toil of tongue and pen;
And now, amid the groves he loved so well
  That naught could lure him from their grateful shade,
  He sleeps, but wakes elsewhere, for God hath said, Amen!
 
 
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