February 27, 1807, Portland, Maine.

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


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


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. Down the Dark Future, Through Long Generations
  12. Hadst Thou Stayed, I Must Have Fled
  13. Into the Silent Land, Ah, Who Shall Lead Us Thither?
  14. Into What Land of Harvests What Plantations
  15. Is It So Far from Thee
  16. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  17. I Heard the Trailing Garments of the Night
  18. I Like That Ancient Saxon Phrase Which Calls
  19. I Stand Without Here in the Porch
  20. Life Is Real, Life Is Earnest
  21. O Gift of God, O Perfect Day
  22. Oh, How Blest Are Ye Whose Toils Are Ended
  23. O Little Feet, That Such Long Years
  24. Sail On, Sail On, O Thou Ship of State
  25. Saint Augustine Has Truly Said
  26. Sleep, Comrades, Sleep, Sleep and Rest
  27. Stars of the Summer Night
  28. Take Them, O Death, and Bear Away
  29. Tell Me Not, in Mournful Numbers
  30. There Is a Reaper Whose Name Is Death
  31. There Is No Death, What Seems So Is Transition
  32. There Is No Flock, However Watched and Tended
  33. The Day Is Cold, and Dark, and Dreary
  34. The Savior Said, Yet One Thing More
  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