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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. "The Children's Hour".


The speaker describes the "children's hour", an hour between the end of night and the outbreak of day. From his study room he hears the footsteps and soft voices of his three little girls. From their whispering and merry eyes he sees they are plotting to surprise him. Suddenly the girls enter his castle wall. They seem to be everywhere, climbing upon his chair and almost devouring him with kisses.

The speaker observes that the girls are mistaken if they think that they have caught him. It is in fact he who has caught them and closed into the fortress of his heart, where they will stay forever and a day.



- sincere, simple, but not primitive, easy to read and to appreciate

- melodic and pleasing

- a poem celebrating home happiness

- expresses the comfort of the speaker in his family, the beauty of home, and fatherly love


  • Author

    Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. (1807 - 1882).
  • Full Title

    "The Children's Hour".
  • First Published

    In: The Atlantic Monthly. Boston: 1860.
  • Form


Works Cited

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. "The Children's Hour". (1860). The Poetical Works of Longfellow. London: Frederick Warne, 1900.


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