- 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: 139
Longfellow, H. (1866). To William E. Channing. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Selected Works (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved October 20, 2020, from
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. "To William E. Channing." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Selected Works. Lit2Go Edition. 1866. Web. <>. October 20, 2020.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "To William E. Channing," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Selected Works, Lit2Go Edition, (1866), accessed October 20, 2020,.
The pages of thy book I read,
And as I closed each one,
My heart, responding, ever said,
“Servant of God! Well done!”
Well done! Thy words are great and bold;
At times they seem to me,
Like Luther’s, in the days of old,
Half-battles for the free.
Go on, until this land revokes
The old and chartered lie,
The feudal curse, whose whips and yokes
A voice is ever at thy side
Speaking in tones of might,
Like the prophetic voice, that cried
To John in Patmos, “Write!”
Write! And tell out this bloody tale;
Record this dire eclipse,
This Day of Wrath, this Endless Wail,
This dread Apocalypse!