The Cross of Snow

In the long, sleepless watches of the night,
  A gentle face -- the face of one long dead --
  Looks at me from the wall, where round its head
  The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light.
  Here in this room she died; and soul more white
  Never through martyrdom of fire was led
  To its repose; nor can in books be read
  The legend of a life more benedight.
  There is a mountain in the distant West
  That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines
  Displays a cross of snow upon its side.
  Such is the cross I wear upon my breast
  These eighteen years, through all the changingscenes
 

  And seasons, changeless since the day she died.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. more…

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