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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 - 118 Points Spiro Ujewe-zaz (10/3/2017 3:38:00 AM)

    This has just replaced my favorite poem. I have always read this but it made its biggest sense today (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 281 Points Lea- Beima Dorestin (9/5/2017 9:07:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 6,549 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

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