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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
A Book of Sonnets
St. John’s, Cambridge
 
          The memorial chapel of St. John’s, erected by Robert Means Mason in connection with the Episcopal Theological School, stands close by the home of Mr. Longfellow.

I STAND beneath the tree, whose branches shade
  Thy western window, Chapel of St. John!
  And hear its leaves repeat their benison
  On him, whose hand thy stones memorial laid;
Then I remember one of whom was said        5
  In the world’s darkest hour, “Behold thy son!”
  And see him living still, and wandering on
  And waiting for the advent long delayed.
Not only tongues of the apostles teach
  Lessons of love and light, but these expanding        10
  And sheltering boughs with all their leaves implore,
And say in language clear as human speech,
  “The peace of God, that passeth understanding,
  Be and abide with you forevermore!”
 
 
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