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