American poet and educator whose works include “Paul Revere’s Ride”, The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, and was one of the five Fireside Poets.
Autograph stanza from the poem “The Fire of Driftwood“, included in “The Seaside and the Fireside”, Boston, Ticknor, Reed & Fields, 1850. The handwritten stanza reads: “The very tones in which we spake / Had something strange, I could but mark; / The leaves of memory seemed to make / A mournful rustling in the dark.” The stanza is signed Henry W. Longfellow and is dated January 1873.
The stanza appears on elaborately designed Victorian stationary (cut to fit the stanza, it measures approximately 4 inches by 6 and one-half inches) showing the blindstamp of “De La Rue and Co., London” (ca. 1850), encased in a gilt-decorated red morocco folder.
In fine condition with no creases or tears; mounted by a prior owner onto a card stock backing.