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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 - 123 Points Lea- Beima Dorestin (9/5/2017 9:07:00 PM)

    This is is an amazing poem which everyone can relate to. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 4,563 Points Sanjukta Sahoo (9/4/2017 11:55:00 PM)

    Let us, then, be up and doing,
    With a heart for any fate;
    Still achieving, still pursuing,
    Learn to labor and to wait.
    Beautiful.
    10++ (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 42,155 Points Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/1/2017 10:19:00 AM)

    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 on the sand of time.
    Great pom.
    10+++++ (Report) Reply

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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. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  6. 6. What Is Life? , John Clare
  7. 7. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  8. 8. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  9. 9. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  10. 10. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  11. 11. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  12. 12. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  13. 13. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  14. 14. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  16. 16. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  17. 17. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  18. 18. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  19. 19. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  20. 20. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  21. 21. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  23. 23. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  24. 24. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  25. 25. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  26. 26. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  27. 27. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  28. 28. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
  29. 29. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  30. 30. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  31. 31. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  32. 32. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
  33. 33. An Adventure In The Life Of King James V.. , William Topaz McGonagall
  34. 34. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  35. 35. The Treasure Of Life , Olive Walters
  36. 36. Modern Love Iv: All Other Joys Of Life , George Meredith
  37. 37. How Life Is For Life , Muzahidul Reza
  38. 38. Ploughman's Life, The , Robert Burns
  39. 39. The Country Life: , Robert Herrick
  40. 40. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
  41. 41. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  42. 42. My Life Had Stood , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
  44. 44. Life Goes On , Elizabeth Quinn
  45. 45. Life Is The Body's Light , Robert Herrick
  46. 46. They May Rail At This Life , Thomas Moore
  47. 47. End To Life And Life To Come , Cassandra Reiman
  48. 48. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life , Andre Veilleux
  49. 49. This Life Is All Chequer'D With Pleasure.. , Thomas Moore
  50. 50. Soon, O Ianthe! Life Is O'Er , Walter Savage Landor
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