1807–1882
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Feb­ru­a­ry 27, 1807, Port­land, Maine.

March 24, 1882, Mount Au­burn Ce­me­te­ry, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

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Brother of hymn­ist Sam­u­el Long­fellow, and un­cle of Mar­i­an Mor­ris, Hen­ry was one of the best known Am­er­i­can po­ets of the 19th Cen­tu­ry.

The Singers

God sent His singers upon earth
With songs of sadness and of mirth;
That they might touch the hearts of men,
And bring them back to heaven again.

The first, a youth, with soul of fire,
Held in his hand a golden lyre;
Through groves he wandered and by streams,
Playing the music of our dreams.

The second, with a bearded face,
Stood singing in the market place;
And stirred with accents deep and loud,
The hearts of all the listening crowd.

A gray old man, the third and last,
Sang in cathedrals dim and vast;
While the majestic organ rolled,
Contrition from its mouths of gold.

And those who heard the singers three,
Disputed which the best might be;
For still their music seemed to start,
Discordant echoes from each heart—

Till the great Master said, I see
There is no best, but in degree:
I gave a various gift to each,
To charm, to strengthen and to teach.

These are the three great Chords of might,
And he whose ear is tuned aright,
Will hear no discord in the three,
But the most perfect harmony.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Seaside and the Fireside, 1849

  1. Ah How Skill­ful Grows the Hand
  2. Ah What a Sound the In­fi­nite Fierce Cho­rus
  3. Alas How Poor and Lit­tle Worth
  4. All Are Ar­chi­tects of Fate
  5. All Is of God, if He but Wave His Hand
  6. All Thoughts of Ill, All Evil Deeds
  7. Art Is Long, and Time Is Fleet­ing
  8. As a Fond Mo­ther, When the Day Is O’er
  9. As Tor­rents in Sum­mer
  10. Bright For­ev­er­more, The
  11. Day Is Cold, and Dark, and Drea­ry, The
  12. Down the Dark Fu­ture
  13. Hadst Thou Stayed, I Must Have Fled
  14. Into the Si­lent Land, Ah, Who Shall Lead Us Thi­ther?
  15. Into What Land of Har­vests What Plan­ta­tions
  16. Is It So Far from Thee?
  17. I Heard the Bells on Christ­mas Day
  18. I Heard the Trail­ing Gar­ments of the Night
  19. I Like That An­cient Sax­on Phrase
  20. I Stand With­out Here in the Porch
  21. Life Is Real, Life Is Ear­nest
  22. O Gift of God, O Per­fect Day
  23. Oh, How Blest Are Ye Whose Toils Are End­ed
  24. O Lit­tle Feet, That Such Long Years
  25. Sail On, Sail On, O Thou Ship of State
  26. Saint Au­gus­tine Has Tru­ly Said
  27. Sav­ior Said, Yet One Thing More, The
  28. Sleep, Com­rades, Sleep, Sleep and Rest
  29. Stars of the Sum­mer Night
  30. Take Them, O Death, and Bear Away
  31. Tell Me Not, in Mourn­ful Num­bers
  32. There Is a Reap­er Whose Name Is Death
  33. There Is No Death, What Seems So Is Tran­si­tion
  34. There Is No Flock, How­ev­er Watched and Tend­ed
  35. Two An­gels, One of Life and One of Death
  36. We’re Half the Pow­er That Fills the World
  37. We Have Not Wings, We Can­not Soar
  38. When Christ Was Born in Beth­le­hem
  39. When the Hours of Day Are Num­bered