Sunday, September 14, 2008



by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Into the darkness and the hush of the night
   Slowly the landscape sinks, and fades away,
   And with it fade the phantoms of the day,
   The ghosts of men and things, that haunt the
The crowd, the clamor, the pursuit, the flight,
   The unprofitable splendor and display,
   The agitations, and the cares that prey
   Upon our hearts, all vanish out of sight.

The better life begins; the world no more

   Molests us; all its records we erase
   From the dull common-place book of our lives,
That like a palimpsest is written o'er
   With trivial incidents of time and place,
   And lo! the ideal, hidden beneath, revives.

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