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The Village Blacksmith
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The Village Blacksmith

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1840)
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     Our poem this week is one that every schoolchild in America used to know, as it had entered the hearts and minds of the people, expressing much of what we considered to be best in our land.  It’s Longfellow’s “The Village Blacksmith.”
     And it was a part of what once was a real folk culture in America.  So much so, in fact, that George Orwell, in…

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