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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

  • Rookie payel swarnakar (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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  • Rookie daisy mae romero (10/8/2018 6:56:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie Sanjeet Kumar (10/5/2018 4:49:00 AM)

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Poems About Life

  1. 1. A Psalm Of Life , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. 2. Life , Charlotte Brontë
  3. 3. Life In A Love , Robert Browning
  4. 4. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  5. 5. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  6. 6. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  7. 7. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  8. 8. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  9. 9. The Treasure Of Life , Olive Walters
  10. 10. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  11. 11. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  12. 12. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
  13. 13. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  14. 14. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  15. 15. How Life Is For Life (Tanka) , Muzahidul Reza
  16. 16. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  17. 17. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  18. 18. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  19. 19. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  20. 20. Life Is Love, And Love Is Life , Anna Jonson
  21. 21. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  23. 23. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  24. 24. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life , Andre Veilleux
  25. 25. Life Goes On , Elizabeth Quinn
  26. 26. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  27. 27. (c) 1 (Life/Philosophy) Life Is.... , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  28. 28. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
  29. 29. Ploughman's Life, The , Robert Burns
  30. 30. The Country Life: , Robert Herrick
  31. 31. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  32. 32. Life Is Life , Samir E...
  33. 33. Life Is The Body's Light , Robert Herrick
  34. 34. End To Life And Life To Come , Cassandra Reiman
  35. 35. Weave In, Weave In, My Hardy Life , Walt Whitman
  36. 36. Life Is Just Like Life , Rahman Henry
  37. 37. The Plaudite, Or End Of Life , Robert Herrick
  38. 38. Tie The Strings To My Life, My Lord, , Emily Dickinson
  39. 39. Imagine Life Rights Click Here To Liste.. , Bernadette Gannon
  40. 40. Life Of My Life, You Seem To Me , Torquato Tasso
  41. 41. Long Life (Life Is Too Short, But Just .. , Tricia Mae Chua
  42. 42. Life, Purpose, My Life... My Life... , Yiannis Baki
  43. 43. Teachers, Of Life, Or Teachers In Life. , Michael Gale
  44. 44. Shopping For Yourself (Life Life Life .. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  45. 45. Leaflets From My Life - My Father's Firs.. , Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon
  46. 46. My Life, My Worthless Life , Gary Witt
  47. 47. Life...After Life , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  48. 48. Life Raft Of Life , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  49. 49. Life Is...Well, After All...Just Life , Scarlett Treat
  50. 50. One Life To Live One Life To Love , pinky porwal
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