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And with them that being beauteous,
Who unto my youth was given,
More than all things else to love me,
And is now a saint in heaven.

That she helped him directly as well as indirectly is plain from the fact that in his Bowdoin lectures, which exist only in manuscript, there are illustrative passages in her handwriting. This poetic companionship went on in a delightful house still standing in Brunswick, with its sunny windows looking out on a lawn with large pine trees, of which spot he writes (June 23, 1831) that he could almost fancy himself in Spain from the softness of the air; that the shadow of the honeysuckle lies upon the floor “like a figure in the carpet,” and that the humming-birds have their nests in the honeysuckle — as is still the case. Here he lived and worked hard, rising day after day at five in the morning, as his diary shows; but all his plans were again changed when in 1834 he received an invitation to be the successor of George Ticknor as Smith Professor of Modern Languages in Harvard University, opportunity being given, by special arrangement

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