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[142] relieved himself. Certainly in my timeten years before the period of Longfellow's complaints mentioned above — there were no visible indications of weariness on his part; in fact, he would have generally been pronounced the least sleepy of our professors.

I had the good fortune to study French under him, not in a general recitation room, but in what was called the Corporation Room, where we sat round a long table as if guests at his board. His lectures, which were to us most interesting, were sometimes criticised as too flowery by our elders, who had perhaps been accustomed to gather only dried fruit; and I remember how he fixed in our memories the vivid moral of any French books that happened to be provided with that appendage, as for instance “Le Peau de Chagrin” of Balzac. I remember also with delight when a printer's boy once came in and laid down between the Professor and myself the proof-sheet of a title-page bearing the magic words “Voices of the night.” It was as if I had seen a new planet in process of making.

Longfellow was, I think, the first Harvard professor who addressed his pupils as “Mr.,” a

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