Original Text: 
The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with Bibliographical and Critical Notes, Riverside Edition (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1890), III, 200-01. PS 2250 E90 Robarts Library.
1A vision as of crowded city streets,
2    With human life in endless overflow;
3    Thunder of thoroughfares; trumpets that blow
4    To battle; clamor, in obscure retreats,
5Of sailors landed from their anchored fleets;
6    Tolling of bells in turrets, and below
7    Voices of children, and bright flowers that throw
8    O'er garden-walls their intermingled sweets!
9This vision comes to me when I unfold
10    The volume of the Poet paramount,
11    Whom all the Muses loved, not one alone; --
12Into his hands they put the lyre of gold,
13    And, crowned with sacred laurel at their fount,


14] Musagetes: leader of the muses, e.g., Apollo. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
In The Masque of Pandora
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.