Fragments

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Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Dedication.

Nothing that is shall perish utterly,
But perish only to revive again
In other forms, as clouds restore in rain
The exhalations of the land and sea.
Men build their houses from the masonry
Of ruined tombs; the passion and the pain
Of hearts, that long have ceased to beat, remain
To throb in hearts that are, or are to be.
So from old chronicles, where sleep in dust
Names that once filled the world with trumpet tones,
I build this verse; and flowers of song have thrust
Their roots among the loose disjointed stones,
Which to this end I fashion as I must.
Quickened are they that touch the Prophet’s bones.

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Chicago: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Dedication," Fragments, ed. Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962- in The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed January 17, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48H5JYCKIN7HFB8.

MLA: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. "Dedication." Fragments, edited by Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962-, in The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 17 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48H5JYCKIN7HFB8.

Harvard: Longfellow, HW, 'Dedication' in Fragments, ed. . cited in 1850, The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 17 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48H5JYCKIN7HFB8.