Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Evangeline
1847

This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight,
Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic,
Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.
Loud from its rocky caverns, the deep-voiced neighboring ocean
Speaks, and in accents disconsolate answers the wail of the forest.

This is the forest primeval; but where are the hearts that beneath it
Leaped like the roe, when he hears in the woodland the voice of the huntsman?
Where is the thatch-roofed village, the home of Acadian farmers,–
Men whose lives glided on like rivers that water the woodlands,
Darkened by shadows of earth, but reflecting an image of heaven?
Waste are those pleasant farms, and the farmers forever departed!
Scattered like dust and leaves, when the mighty blasts of October
Seize them, and whirl them aloft, and sprinkle them far o’er the ocean
Naught but tradition remains of the beautiful village of Grand-Pré.

Ye who believe in affection that hopes, and endures, and is patient,
Ye who believe in the beauty and strength of woman’s devotion,
List to the mournful tradition, still sung by the pines of the forest;
List to a Tale of Love in Acadie, home of the happy.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Born: 27 February 1807, Maine, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 24 March 1882,Massachusetts, USA

Longfellow was a poet and educator whose works include ‘Paul Revere’s Ride’, ‘The Song of Hiawatha’, and ‘Evangeline’. He was the first American to translate the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. He was also one of New England’s Fireside Poets. Born in Portland, Maine, at the time part of Massachusetts. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night is 1839 and Ballads and Other Poems in 1841.

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