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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:371
AUTHOR:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82)
QUOTATION:Were a star quenched on high,
For ages would its light,
Still travelling downward from the sky,
Shine on our mortal sight.

So when a great man dies,
For years beyond our ken,
The light he leaves behind him lies
Upon the paths of men.
ATTRIBUTION:HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, “Charles Sumner,” stanzas 8 and 9, The Poetical Works of Longfellow, p. 324 (1893, reprinted 1975).
SUBJECTS:Death
 
 
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