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Literary plaque on Library Way.

Longfellow’s The Day is Done immortalized on Library Way.

Born on this day in 1807, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote classic American poems; The Song of Hiawatha, Evangeline and most famously, Paul Revere’s Ride. The verse on Library Walk is from, The Day is Done, the proem to an 1844 anthology of poems collected by Longfellow in The Waif. In 1874, his poem, The Hanging of the Crane, was sold to the New York Ledger for $3000. At the time it was the highest price ever paid for a poem.