He takes of earths commonest things, the plain bread and water of every-day toil and trial, and, having laid loving, reverent hands upon them, he delivers them unto us enriched with a new grace, a diviner virtue. It is the sacrament of thought. Half a century ago and until within a few years a blacksmiths shop, of the old New England village type, stood in Brattle street, Cambridge, not far from Longfellow shome. Hundreds of passers-by glanced at the low roof, the overhanging boughs, the grimy smith at his forge, the gazing children at the door, and went their way without giving them a second thought. Not so the poet.
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