His linguistic talent helped him to penetrate the secrets of alien ways of thought and speech.
He understood Italy
He had studied them on the lips of their living men and women and in the books where soldier and historian, priest and poet, had inscribed the record of five hundred years. From the Revival of Learning to the middle of the nineteenth century, Longfellow
knew the soul of Europe
as few men have known it, and he helped to translate Europe
His intellectual receptivity, his quick eye for color and costume and landscape, his ear for folk-lore and ballad, his own ripe mastery of words, made him the most resourceful of international interpreters.
And this lover of children, walking in quiet ways, this refined and courteous host and gentleman, scholar and poet, exemplified without self-advertisement the richer qualities of his own people.
's statue of Longfellow
was dedicated in Washington
, Hamilton Mabie
said: “His freedom from the sophistication of a more experienced country; his simplicity, due in large measure to the absence of social selfconsciousness; his tranquil and deep-seated optimism, which is the effluence of an unexhausted soil; his ”