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That darker grows the shortening day,

And colder blows the wintry air !

The wrecks of passion and desire,

The castles I no more rebuild, May fitly feed my drift-wood fire,

And warm the hands that age has chilled.

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I know the solemn monotone

Of waters calling unto me ;
I know from whence the airs have blown

That whisper of the Eternal Sea.

As low my fires of drift-wood burn,

I hear that sea's deep sound increase. And, fair in sunset light, discern

Its mirage-lifted Isles of Peace.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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HIS LIFE

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MONG the passengers in the ship which

brought Winthrop and Dudley to the New World was William Hathorne, the ancestor of the novelist. A man of character, versatile, naturally eloquent, and a born leader, he rose to a position of influence in the colony. One of his sons, John Hathorne, was destined to sinister renown as a judge at the trials for witchcraft held at Salem in 1691.

Daniel Hathorne, a grandson of the old witch judge, took to the sea, and during the Revolutionary War served as a privateersman. He had seven children. Nathaniel, his third son, also a

a sea-captain, married Elizabeth Clarke Manning, and became the father of Nathaniel Hawthorne,

Julian Hawthorne: Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife, second edition, 1885.

Horatio Bridge : Personal Recollections of Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1893

G. E. Woodberry: Nathaniel Hawthorne, American Men of Letters,' 1902.

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