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My Lost Youth: Longfellow's Portland, Then and Now

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow miniature

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow miniature / Maine Historical Society

One of Henry's schoolmates, Elijah Kellogg, would recall the young Henry in these words, according to Calhoun's Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life, "He was a very handsome boy, retiring, without being reserved, there was a frankness about him that won you at once. He looked you square in the face. His eyes were full of expression, and it seemed as though you could look down into them as into a clear spring." Calhoun goes on to say that Kellogg remembered Henry as thoughtful, but not melancholy, as he would become in later years.

THERE ARE THINGS OF WHICH I MAY NOT SPEAK;
THERE ARE DREAMS THAT MAY NOT DIE;
THERE ARE THOUGHTS THAT MAKE THE STRONG HEART WEAK,
AND BRING A PALLOR INTO THE CHECK,
AND A MIST BEFORE THE EYE.

 

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