Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And the skipper had taken his little daughter,'To bear him company ...
In the beautiful Pays de Vaud, A child in its cradle lay.
No haughty feat of arms I tell; Our hearts, in glad surprise, To higher levels rise.
Written first as a poem "Christmas Bells" in 1864 by Longfellow while in the midst of sadness over his son Charles Appleton Longfellow suffering wounds in battle in The American Civil War. It was set to music in the 1870s by English organist Jean Baptiste Calkin and to a composition written in 1845 by Joseph Mainzer. In the 1950s John Marks composed the melody we know today. Recorded by Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians, The Carpenters, Bing Crosby, Kate Smith, Johnny Cash, Harry Belafonte and Sarah Maclan.
By the shining Big-Sea-Water. (Lake Superior)
"Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere …"
"Under the spreading chestnut tree the village smithy stands …"
"There was a little girl Who had a little curl Right in the middle of her forehead …"
"Often I think of the beautiful town that is seated by the sea"
Place where Gitche Manitou calls the tribes together to make peace, "The Song of Hiawatha", 1855
1807-1882; works include "Evangeline" and "The Song of Hiawatha"
Poet, d. 1882; Cambridge, Massachusetts
"By the shores of Gitche Gumee" [Lake Superior]
"Whene'er a noble deed is wrought"
Long epic poem about the removal of the Acadian people