“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep.”

On Christmas morning 1863 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow found himself in a darkened place at odds with the solemn joy of the day. He had never recovered from the death of his second wife, Frances. She died an agonizing death two years earlier after her dress caught fire in a freak accident while Longfellow napped. He managed to snuff the fire with his own body, but she lingered in that state, succumb... More

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