James Russell Lowell 22 February 1819 – 12 August 1891

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I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
James Russell Lowell (1819-91), U.S. poet, editor. Letter, March 4, 1873.
What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. Address, October 6, 1884, Birmingham, England. "Democracy," Democracy and Other Addresses (1886).
It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.
James Russell Lowell (1819-91), U.S. poet, editor. "Elizabethan Dramatists, Omitting Shakespear: John Webster," Lowell's Early Prose Writings (1902).

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“The First Snowfall” is about Lowell’s thinking of the snow coverering his daughter’s grave at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge MA where he, too, is buried. This is the poem that Mevelyn is referring to. “She Came and Went” which is about life’s brevity and the little time we have with each other is about the same passing of his daughter.
I’m looking for a poem by James Russell Lowell that he wrote about his daughters death.
“ there’s a narrow ridge in the graveyard Would scarce...... ———-/—/—————-/- Immortal? I know it and feel it. Who doubts it of such as she? But that is the pang’s very Secret Immortal.. away from me.
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