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A Fragment
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Awake! arise! the hour is late!
    Angels are knocking at thy door!
They are in haste and cannot wait,
    And once departed come no more.

Awake! arise! the athlete's arm
    Loses its strength by too much rest;
The fallow land, the untilled farm
    Produces only weeds at best.

This poem is in the public domain.



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882) is generally considered to be the most popular American poet of the nineteenth century. A family man who suffered much tragedy in his personal life,  Longfellow was the first of a group of writers known as the "Fireside Poets," called such for their popularity with families all over the country who gathered by the fire in the evenings to read the work of these poets aloud. Longfellow published poetry over a forty year period, and enjoyed public adulation in line with that of rock stars and celebrities today.


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Janet Leahy:
Lovely to learn about the "Fireside Poets," that's a group I would like to join.
Posted 06/23/2014 10:32 AM
I had forgotten all about this poem. Not read since school-days. Now being 89 it seems especially pertinent to me. We have poetry afternoons in our Care Home, and I will read it at the next one. Poetry is wonderful for us 'oldies' - from A.A Milne to Betjeman we gain from them all.
Posted 06/23/2014 01:12 AM

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