Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(27 February 1807 – 24 March 1882 / Portland, Maine)

A Psalm Of Life - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
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  • Atasha Williams Atasha Williams (2/24/2016 9:09:00 AM)

    Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
    Life is but an empty dream!
    For the soul is dead that slumbers,
    And things are not what they seem. (Report) Reply

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  • Deborah Patterson (9/11/2015 9:28:00 PM)

    My beloved Mother wrote this is in my 6th grade autograph book. I have never forgotten the part that says lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime and departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time. I miss my Mother but she lives in my heart. (Report) Reply

  • Soumita Sarkar Soumita Sarkar (9/6/2015 8:56:00 AM)

    What an antithesis of words..daring..yet so alive to the truth of live...hopeful and so inspiring.....Loved it.Thanks Dear Soul Longfellow....we shall follow..... (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (9/6/2015 6:20:00 AM)

    Lives of great men all remind us
    We can make our lives sublime
    And, departing, leave behind us
    Foot prints on the sands of time.

    Let us be then up and doing
    With a heart for any fate
    Still achieving, still pursuing
    Learn to labor and to wait.- - - - Each stanza of this poem is like a gem. (Report) Reply

  • Dedan Onyango Dedan Onyango (7/18/2015 5:41:00 AM)

    Let us, then, be up and doing,
    With a heart for any fate;
    Still achieving, still pursuing,
    Learn to labor and to wait.

    The final line bears alot of wait to our human life.
    That we strike gold and wait
    we dig and dig nad wait. great piece indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Surajit Banerjee (6/11/2015 8:47:00 AM)

    What a materialistic approach to life. Wow (Report) Reply

  • Anurag Sharma Anurag Sharma (6/8/2015 12:14:00 PM)

    i am touched.......really longfellow is the master of the words (Report) Reply

  • Folayemi Akande (4/14/2015 2:53:00 PM)

    Eloquent be the quill that carved this emperise work of art. (Report) Reply

  • Mwangi Ian (3/19/2015 2:18:00 PM)

    ... it touched mine heart_and for nine it never hurt. Then it gave me a dream_and that surely is me. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (6/17/2014 9:04:00 PM)

    ........this poem says we should be working everyday to help our self.....and doing something to help others....cause we have plenty of time to rest after we pass away.... (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Guitang Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 8:34:00 AM)

    A diamond voice within. A diamond kind of poem. Full of brilliance (Report) Reply

  • Birgitta Abimbola Heikka Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (4/15/2014 7:39:00 PM)

    One of my favorite poems. Can never get tired of reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Leesaan Robertson Leesaan Robertson (4/14/2014 7:02:00 PM)

    Great poem with such a significant message. (Report) Reply

  • Richard Blay Richard Blay (4/14/2014 2:28:00 PM)

    lovely poem there, felt it lesson. great! (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones Thomas Vaughan Jones (4/14/2014 1:29:00 PM)

    Curious. The poet switches from an avuncular advisor to a friendly workmate and never misses a step. Great message couched in perfect rhyme. Let us be up and doing, concentrating on the spiritual and letting materialism take back seat. What poet in any generation could do more. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu Babatunde Aremu (4/14/2014 4:28:00 AM)

    What else can I say than to say thank you for this evergreen 'sermon' (poem) . Great write (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (4/14/2014 1:29:00 AM)

    Great advise in beautiful stanzas.
    But the world today does not listen
    They only want drugs and extravaganzas (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/1/2014 11:56:00 AM)

    Very wise and well written..good message..Enjoy living! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Kit Shum (3/26/2014 10:52:00 PM)

    Probably the greatest poem I have ever read. We had to recite this for class, and to this day, I can still do it. A rousing and inspiring poem that every young person should learn. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Stone Paul Stone (3/23/2014 4:42:00 PM)

    The struggle for meaning in the face of mystery challenges every person; great religions share this and Judeo-Christianity perhaps more than others the beauty of individuality as well as relationship. While rarely using religious language, Longfellow indeed tells us much of what faith teaches about the meaning and value of life itself; doubt-
    less God's greatest creation. Longfellow wrestles fearlessly it would seem, the existential question. (Report) Reply

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