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Holiday Poems

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  1. Holidays by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  1. Holidays

    by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    The holiest of all holidays are those
    Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
    The secret anniversaries of the heart,
    When the full river of feeling overflows;—
    The happy days unclouded to their close;
    The sudden joys that out of darkness start
    As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
    Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
    White as the gleam of a receding sail,
    White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
    White as the whitest lily on a stream,
    These tender memories are;—a fairy tale
    Of some enchanted land we know not where,
    But lovely as a landscape in a dream.

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