read with a dictionary; and there were twelve more not wholly unknown to him. I have somewhere seen or heard the observation that as many languages as a person acquires, so many times is he a man. Life, i. 57, 58.
It was undoubtedly an important fact to the young poet to be brought thus early in contact with Sir William Jones and his twenty-eight languages.
It is the experience of all that the gift of learning a variety of tongues is something which peculiarly belongs to youth.
In Southern Europe, in Russia, in the East, it is a common thing to encounter mere children who with next to no schooling will prattle readily in three or four languages with equal inaccuracy but with equal ease; while a much older person may acquire them by laborious study and yet never feel at home.
One can hardly doubt Longfellow's natural readiness in that direction; he was always being complimented, at any Rate—though this may not count for much— upon his aptness in pronouncing foreign tongues, and
Appendix III: translations of Mr. Longfellows works
The following catalogue of translations of Mr. Longfellow's works is based, of course, upon that prepared by Mr. Samuel Longfellow for the memoir of his brother.
This is here, however, revised, corrected, and much enlarged, partly by the addition of later versions and partly by others gathered from European bibliographies and publishers' lists; this work being aided by the learned guidance of Professor Wiener of Harvard University.
Even with this enlargement the list is doubtless quite incomplete; so widely scattered are these translations among the periodicals and even the schoolbooks of different nations, and so much time and labor would be required to furnish an absolutely complete exhibit.
Longfellow's Gedichte. Übersetzt von Carl Bottger.
Balladen und Lieder von H. W. Longfellow. Deutsch von A. R. Nielo.
Longfellow's Gedichte. Von Friedrich Marx.
Hamburg und Leipzig: 1868
72; school-mate of Longfellow, 60; becomes Longfellow's wife, 60; description of, 61; her books, 62-64; begins housekeeping, 66; her letter about the Round Hill School, 81, 82; her letter about Longfellow's Outre-Mer, 83; her letters about their European trip, 88-106; her illness and death, 107-111; H. W. Longfellow's letter about, 113-115; her journals destroyed, 170.
Longfellow, Rev., Samuel, 71, 91, 92, 106; his memoir of his brother, cited, 30 note, 85 note, 99 note, 189 note, 191 note, 1Longfellow's letter to, 98, 99.
Longfellow, Judge, Stephen, appearance of, 13.
Longfellow, William, 12.
Longfellow, Zilpah (Wadsworth), 11, 87, 99; description of, 15; Longfellow writes to, 46, 47; Mary S. P. Longfellow's letter to, about European trip, 88-97; H. W. L.'s letter to, 97, 98.
Longfellow family, 60.
Longfellow Memorial Association, 121.
Louis the Sixteenth, 47.
Lover's Seat, the, cited, 143 note.
Lowell, John A., 182.
Lowell, James R., 1, 6, 57, 59, 82, 146, 1