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[272] Or Emerson came to Cambridge, ‘to take tea,’ giving a lecture at the Lyceum, of which Longfellow says, ‘The lecture good, but not of his richest and rarest. His subject “Eloquence.” By turns he was grave and jocose, and had some striking views and passages. He lets in a thousand new lights, side-lights, and cross-lights, into every subject.’ When Emerson's collected poems are sent him, Longfellow has the book read to him all the evening and until late at night, and writes of it in his diary: ‘Throughout the volume, through the golden mist and sublimation of fancy, gleam bright veins of purest poetry, like rivers running through meadows. Truly, a rare volume; with many exquisite poems in it, among which I should single out “Monadnoc,” “Threnody,” “The humble-bee,” as containing much of the quintessence of poetry.’ Emerson's was one of the five portraits drawn in crayon by Eastman Johnson, and always kept hanging in the library at Craigie House; the others being those of Hawthorne, Sumner, Felton, and Longfellow himself. No one can deny to our poet the merits of absolute freedom from all jealousy and of an invariable readiness to appreciate those classified by many critics as greater than himself. He was one of the first students of Browning in America, when the latter was known chiefly by his ‘Bells and ’

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