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.


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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

  • (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

  • (10/8/2018 6:56:00 AM)


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

  • (10/5/2018 4:49:00 AM)


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  • Dare Onadele (9/21/2018 7:47:00 AM)


    Wow...this poem is just what I need right now. I have always struggled with people telling one to just live for the day and not the future. But I like the way this poet has put his. Nice one! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (9/17/2018 10:43:00 PM)


    Great poem. Instead of grousing about things we must put in our best efforts and hope for the best.
    Thanks for the poem with a great message.
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  • (8/29/2018 3:39:00 AM)


    great and beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Dillian Hansen (8/27/2018 5:27:00 AM)


    This poem is great, a little above my English reading level but still very nicely worded. (Report) Reply

  • (8/25/2018 7:54:00 AM)


    This piece was so inspiring Thank you Henry Wadsworth Longfellow❤ (Report) Reply

  • (8/14/2018 3:10:00 AM)


    good poem whoever did it (Report) Reply

  • Chandan Dey (8/13/2018 2:35:00 PM)


    Life isn’t merely a short journey between birth and death; rather it goes beyond that, wonderful poem (Report) Reply

  • (8/6/2018 9:14:00 AM)


    Good line of poem
    Thanks
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  • (7/25/2018 9:15:00 AM)


    Nicely written 😊😊 (Report) Reply

    (7/30/2018 8:20:00 PM)

    this poem is

  • Sharron Stephenson (7/24/2018 7:06:00 AM)


    i like this poem nicely done (Report) Reply

  • (7/14/2018 7:36:00 AM)


    I love you you hw (Report) Reply

  • (7/12/2018 6:02:00 AM)


    Sooooooo booooringgg can u do any better i need to write a poem for my english lesson WRITE A NEW ONE NOWWW (Report) Reply

  • (7/11/2018 11:03:00 AM)


    Very nice poem
    Very pretty poem
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  • (7/4/2018 11:56:00 AM)


    May I used this poem Its so great, great. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Monday, May 27, 2013


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