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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,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

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

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

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


Comments about A Psalm Of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Veteran Poet - 1,821 Points Bisy Untan (12/1/2016 8:15:00 PM)

    Life is a path to wads perfection. The truth of life is unfolded to the humble readers, O'great poet! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 5 Points Sixtus Osim (12/1/2016 4:12:00 PM)

    Trust no future, however pleasant!
    but then, do not fail to look ahead...a very scenic piece. I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 90 Points Oladehinde Temitayo (12/1/2016 12:27:00 PM)

    We can make our lives sublines, and departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time. A good message (Report) Reply

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Poems About Life

  1. 1. A Psalm Of Life , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. 2. Life Is Fine , Langston Hughes
  3. 3. The Life That I Have , Leo Marks
  4. 4. Life , Charlotte Brontë
  5. 5. Life In A Love , Robert Browning
  6. 6. A Life-Lesson , James Whitcomb Riley
  7. 7. An Old Life , Donald Hall
  8. 8. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  9. 9. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  10. 10. What Is Life? , John Clare
  11. 11. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  13. 13. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  14. 14. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  15. 15. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  16. 16. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  17. 17. Later Life , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  18. 18. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  19. 19. As Life Was Five , Jimmy Santiago Baca
  20. 20. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  21. 21. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  22. 22. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  23. 23. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  24. 24. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  25. 25. Life , Henry Van Dyke
  26. 26. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  27. 27. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
  28. 28. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  29. 29. A Life , Howard Nemerov
  30. 30. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  31. 31. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  32. 32. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  33. 33. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  34. 34. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  35. 35. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  36. 36. Life , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  37. 37. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  38. 38. Still Life , Thom Gunn
  39. 39. Life Is Love, And Love Is Life , Anna Jonson
  40. 40. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
  41. 41. Artist's Life , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  42. 42. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  43. 43. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  44. 44. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  45. 45. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  46. 46. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
  47. 47. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life , Andre Veilleux
  48. 48. (c) 1 (Life/Philosophy) Life Is.... , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  49. 49. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  50. 50. An Adventure In The Life Of King James V.. , William Topaz McGonagall
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