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Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry - Footsteps of Angels

Identifier

000035

Type of Spiritual Experience

Inter composer communication
Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet.  His first wife Mary Potter died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife Frances Appleton died in 1861 after sustaining burns when her dress caught fire.

A description of the experience

from Footsteps of Angels

With a slow and noiseless footstep
Comes that messenger divine
Takes the vacant chair beside me
Lays her gentle hand in mine.

And she sits and gazes at me
With those deep and tender eyes
Like the stars, so still and saint like
Looking downward from the skies.

Uttered not, yet comprehended
Is the spirit's voiceless prayer
Soft rebukes, in blessings ended
Breathing from her lips of air.

O, though oft depressed and lonely
All my fears are laid aside
If I but remember only
Such as these have lived and died.

The source of the experience

Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Grief
Miscarriages and still births

Commonsteps

References

from The Poems of Longfellow [printed about 1875]