Building of the Ship

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807—1882) American poet


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Ode in four-stress trochaic verse by Longfellow, published in The Seaside and the Fireside (1849). A long narrative describes the construction and launching of a sailing ship. It concludes with the famous apostrophe to the Federal Union, beginning: “Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!”

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