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James McIntyre (1827-1906)

American Poets: Longfellow


              1Like fruit that's large and ripe and mellow,
              2Sweet and luscious is Longfellow,
              3Melodious songs he oft did pour,
              4And high was his Excelsior.
              5He shows us in his psalm of life
              6The folly of our selfish strife;
              7With Hiawatha we bewail
              8His suffering in great Indian tale;
              9Indian nation was forlorn
            10Till great spirit planted corn.

Notes

2] Longfellow: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), whose best-known poems include "Excelsior," "A Psalm of Life," and "The Song of Hiawatha."


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: James McIntyre, Musings on the Banks of Canadian Thames, including poems on local, Canadian and British subjects, and lines on the great poets of England, Ireland, Scotland and America, with a glance at the wars in Victoria's reign (Ingersoll: H. Rowland, 1884): 91. B-11 1857 Fisher Rare Books Library.
First publication date: 1884
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21

Form: couplets


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