Hyperion: By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. This booktable of contents linked to every book and chapter. ******************. In John Lyly''s Endymion, Sir Topas is made to say; Dost thou know what a Poet is? Why, fool, a Poet is as much as one should say, --a Poet And thou, reader, dost thou know what a hero is? Why, a hero is as much as one should say, --a hero Some romance-writers, however, say much more than this. Nay, the old Lombard, Matteo Maria Bojardo, set all the church-bells in Scandiano ringing, merely because he had found a name for one of his heroes. Here, also, shall church-bells be rung, but more solemnly. The setting of a great hope is like the setting of the sun. The brightness of our life is gone. Shadows of evening fall around us, and the world seems but a dim reflection, --itself a broader shadow. We look forward into the coming, lonely night. The soul withdraws into itself. Then stars arise, and the night is ho
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