| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|AUTHOR:||Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (180782)|
|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).|