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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.


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Poems About Life

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