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Chapter 18: birds of passage Longfellow had always a ready faculty for grouping his shorter poems in volumes, and had a series continuing indefinitely under the
ian being Luigi Monti, who had been an instructor in Italian at Harvard under Longfellow.
Several of this group had habitually spent their summers in the actual inn which Longfellow described and which is still visible at Sudbury.
But none of the participants in the supposed group are now living except Signor Monti, who still re ennyson, and Swinburne, to mention no others, have had to meet this fate, and Longfellow did not escape it. Whether it is that the fame of the earlier work goes on ac ibility must always be allowed for, but the fact remains that the title which Longfellow himself chose for so many of his poems, Birds of Passage, was almost painfull han period, yet good poets have usually failed as dramatists in later days.
Longfellow's efforts on this very ground were not less successful, on the whole, than th
Chapter 19: last trip to Europe On May 27, 1868, Longfellow sailed from New York for Liverpool in the steamer Russia, with a large family party, including his son and his son's bride, his three young daughters, his brother and two sisters, with also a brotherin-law, the brilliant Thomas G. Appleton. On arrival they went at once to the English lakes, visiting Furness Abbey, Corby Castle, and Eden Hall, where he saw still unimpaired the traditional goblet which Uhland's ballad had vainly attempted to shatter. At Morton, near Carlisle, while staying with a friend he received a public address, to which he thus replied, in one of the few speeches of his life— Mr. President and Gentlemen,—Being more accustomed to speak with the pen than with the tongue, it is somewhat difficult for me to find appropriate words now to thank you for the honor you have done me, and the very kind expressions you have used. Coming here as a stranger, this welcome makes me feel that I am not a stranger