Longfellow

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Longfellow  (1907) 
by James Whitcomb Riley

1807—February 27—1907

O gentlest kinsman of Humanity!
  Thy love hath touched all hearts, even as thy Song
  Hath touched all chords of music that belong
To the quavering heaven-strung harp of harmony:
Thou has made man to feel and hear and see
  Divinely;—made the weak to be strong;
  By thy melodious magic, changed the wrong
To changeless right—and joyed and wept as we.
Worlds listen, lulled and solaced at the spell
  That unfolds and holds us—soul and body, too,—
As though thy songs, as loving arms in stress
Of sympathy and trust ineffable,
  Were thrown about us thus by one who knew
    Of common human need of kindliness.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1916, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.