Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882). Complete Poetical Works. 1893.

Ultima Thule


  • The collection of poems under this title was published in 1880. The volume bore on the title-page these lines from Horace (Lib. I., Carmen XXX., Ad Apollinem):—
  • Precor, integrâ
  • Cum mente, nec turpem senectam
  • Degere, nec citharâ carentem.
  • The dedication is to his life-long friend, George Washington Greene, who himself dedicated his Life of Nathanael Greene to Mr. Longfellow in words which give a glowing picture of the aspirations of the two in the days of their young manhood.

  • To G. W. G.

    WITH favoring minds, o’er sunlit seas,

    We sailed for the Hesperides,

    The land where golden apples grow;

    But that, ah! that was long ago.

    How far since then the ocean streams

    Have swept us from that land of dreams,

    That land of fiction and of truth,

    The lost Atlantis of our youth!

    Whither, ah, whither? Are not these

    The tempest-haunted Orcades,

    Where sea-gulls scream, and breakers roar,

    And wreck and sea-weed line the shore?

    Ultima Thule! Utmost Isle!

    Here in thy harbors for a while

    We lower our sails; a while we rest

    From the unending, endless quest.