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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

  • Freshman - 558 Points Alwi Shatry (6/16/2017)

    Lofty thoughts, eloquent diction. Yet, and with all due respect - - I am somewhat unsure that the vast majority of humanity will pay heed to Longfellow's clarion call to emulate the feats of great men Lives of great men.... I humbly submit that there may be greatness in humility and normalcy often ignored in the quest for greatness and a subliminal yearning for transcendence and (frequently) immortality. For me, the saving grace of this work lies in the lines that state Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant! /Let the dead Past bury its dead! /Act, — act in the living Present! . Regardless, the ultimate question remains: how many deceased, immortalized greats are aware of their achievements when they were still alive? If they are, then death cannot be the final act. We really have no evidence that this is so - - other than by a leap of faith. A provocative poem nonetheless. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Solomon Etim (5/14/2017 5:44:00 PM)

    Add a comment.Beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,705 Points Obigod Chidi Cece (4/20/2017 2:12:00 PM)

    I will be a food in the fight. Mehn! I love this poem (Report) Reply

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