- Year Published: 1866
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Longfellow, H.W. (1866) The Complete Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Boston, Massachusetts: Ticknor & Fields
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 9.0
- Word Count: 137
Longfellow, H. (1866). Mezzo Cammin. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Selected Works (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved November 30, 2023, from
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. "Mezzo Cammin." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Selected Works. Lit2Go Edition. 1866. Web. <>. November 30, 2023.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Mezzo Cammin," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Selected Works, Lit2Go Edition, (1866), accessed November 30, 2023,.
Half of my life is gone, and I have let
The years slip from me and have not fulfilled
The aspiration of my youth, to build
Some tower of song with lofty parapet.
Not indolence, nor pleasure, nor the fret
Of restless passions chat would not be stilled,
But sorrow, and a care that almost killed,
Kept me from what I may accomplish yet;
Though, half way up the hill, I see the Past
Lying beneath me with its sounds and sights,—
A city in the twilight dim and vast,
With smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights.—
And hear above me on the autumnal blast
The cataract of Death far thundering from the heights.