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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (1807–1882) (continued)
Listen to voices in the upper air,
  Nor lose thy simple faith in mysteries.
          The Castle-builder.
    Much must he toil who serves the Immortal Gods.
          The Masque of Pandora. ii.
          Every guilty deed
  Holds in itself the seed
Of retribution and undying pain.
          The Masque of Pandora. viii.
    He speaketh not; and yet there lies
  A conversation in his eyes.
          The Hanging of the Crane.
      Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
  To-morrow be to-day.
    Thine was the prophet’s vision, thine
The exaltation, the divine
Insanity of noble minds,
That never falters nor abates,
But labors and endures and waits,
Till all that it foresees it finds
Or what it can not find creates.
    All are architects of Fate,
  Working in these walls of Time.
          The Builders.
    God sent his singers upon earth
With songs of sadness and of mirth.
          The Singers.
    The long mysterious exodus of death.
          The Jewish Cemetery at Newport.
    Ye are better than all the ballads
  That ever were sung or said;
For ye are living poems
  And all the rest are dead.