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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  And the days are dark and dreary.            
Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;    
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;    
Thy fate is the common fate of all,    
Into each life some rain must fall,    
    Some days must be dark and dreary.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from “The Rainy Day,” The Complete Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow . (Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library December 20, 2005) Originally published 1848.

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