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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Footsteps of Angels

When the hours of Day are numbered,
And the voices of the Night
Wake the better soul, that slumbered,
To a holy, calm delight;

Ere the evening lamps are lighted,
And, like phantoms grim and tall,
Shadows from the fitful firelight
Dance upon the parlor wall;

Then the forms of the departed
Enter at the open door;
The beloved, the true-hearted,
Come to visit me once more;

He, the young and strong, who cherished
Noble longings for the strife,
By the roadside fell and perished,
Weary with the march of life!

They, the holy ones and weakly,
Who the cross of suffering bore,
Folded their pale hands so meekly,
Spake with us on earth no more!

And with them the Being Beauteous,
Who unto my youth was given,
More than all things else to love me,
And is now a saint in heaven.

With a slow and noiseless footstep
Comes that messenger divine,
Takes the vacant chair beside me,
Lays her gentle hand in mine.

And she sits and gazes at me
With those deep and tender eyes,
Like the stars, so still and saint-like,
Looking downward from the skies.

Uttered not, yet comprehended,
Is the spirit's voiceless prayer,
Soft rebukes, in blessings ended,
Breathing from her lips of air.

Oh, though oft depressed and lonely,
All my fears are laid aside,
If I but remember only
Such as these have lived and died!

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: 6. Footsteps of Angels
Volume: Voices of the Night
Poem of the Day: Jul 28 2000

Comment 8 of 8, added on August 17th, 2012 at 4:47 AM.


BesKomFactory from United States
Comment 7 of 8, added on November 16th, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

This poem is so touching and makes me think of all the loved ones I have loss through the years. I stumbled upon this poem when looking for something for my rp site Right Of Purity.

Ginny from United States
Comment 6 of 8, added on September 16th, 2010 at 11:21 AM.
love it..

.. one of my favorite poem,, i can't wait to discuss this to my classmates in our world lite,, hoping for a high grade,, hahahaha

aleck.. from Philippines

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