Samuel Longfellow

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Samuel Longfellow

Samuel Longfellow (June 18, 1819October 3, 1892) was an American clergyman and hymn writer.


  • The dead leaves their rich mosaics
    Of olive and gold and brown
    Had laid on the rain-wet pavements,
    Through all the embowered town.
    • November; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 562.
  • He sows June fields with clover, and the world
    Broadcasts with little common kindnesses.
    The plain good souls He sends us, who fulfill
    Life's homely duties in the daily path
    With cheerful heart, ambitious of no more
    Than to supply the wants of friend and kin,
    Yet serve God's higher love to human hearts;
    Giving a secret sweetness to the home,
    The hidden fragrance of a kindly heart,
    The simple beauty of a useful life,
    That never dazzles, and that never tires.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 544.

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