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,
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

  • (4/22/2019 12:17:00 AM)

    AMAZING! ! ! I wanted to keep reading! lol (Report)Reply

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  • Bonaventure Onuabuchi (4/18/2019 7:36:00 AM)

    Wow, this is a great write
    I enjoy the part the poet talks about working on the present instead of expecting fortunes from tomorrow.
    Trust no future......
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    . Act, act in the Living present
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  • (4/14/2019 11:40:00 PM)

    And things are not what they seem!

    Very true..what we see, what we hear may not be what they really are.
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  • Castellenas John (4/4/2019 1:55:00 PM)

    A amazing poem by the great poet. (Report)Reply

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  • Ojok Isaac (3/31/2019 3:29:00 AM)

    Let us...learn to labour and to wait (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2019 9:19:00 AM)

    it is very long and hard (Report)Reply

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  • (3/1/2019 6:12:00 PM)

    OH GOD INSPIRED THE WORLD FOR YOUR CREATION IS ALL WE NEED (Report)Reply

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  • (2/15/2019 7:35:00 AM)

    life is am empty dream which can be true to somebody rarely thanks (Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha Pathak (2/13/2019 6:41:00 AM)

    One of my longtime favourite, a marvellous piece. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/10/2019 9:25:00 AM)

    I want more poem on knowledge, l like your poem,l love you. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/10/2019 9:25:00 AM)

    I want more poem on knowledge, l like your poem,l love you. (Report)Reply

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  • Victor Charles (2/8/2019 3:57:00 PM)

    Its so true: Life is but an empty dream. A nice poem. Thanks (Report)Reply

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  • (1/23/2019 9:46:00 AM)

    the life is real it not funny it a really good poem when u first look at the poem u first think to yourself saying my life need to change some how (Report)Reply

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  • (1/17/2019 7:53:00 AM)

    THE LIFE IS REAL BUT IT IS NOT A GOAL IS A GOOD POEM OF THE LIFE I LOVE THIS POEM 😍😍😍 (Report)Reply

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  • (12/22/2018 4:27:00 AM)

    your poems are so emotional (Report)Reply

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  • (12/15/2018 11:25:00 AM)

    up to I saw the paycheck saying $7438, I have faith...that...my cousin was like truley bringing home money

    parttime at there labtop.. there moms best frend had bean doing this for only about 8 months and a short

    time ago cleard the mortgage on there mini mansion and bourt a brand new Honda. this is where I went,

    www.geosalary.com
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  • (12/3/2018 3:55:00 AM)

    I Like your all poems but Please can you make me only one poem this best day of my life. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/7/2018 11:52:00 PM)

    God is the one and only creator Who makes the all, so All creatures has been ruined by time. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/8/2018 6:56:00 AM)

    how the poem celebrates the gift of life (Report)Reply

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  • (10/5/2018 4:49:00 AM)

    Sanjeet Kumar (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Monday, May 27, 2013


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