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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 - 363 Points Dare Onadele (9/21/2018 7:47:00 AM)

    Wow...this poem is just what I need right now. I have always struggled with people telling one to just live for the day and not the future. But I like the way this poet has put his. Nice one! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 197,799 Points Rajnish Manga (9/17/2018 10:43:00 PM)

    Great poem. Instead of grousing about things we must put in our best efforts and hope for the best.
    Thanks for the poem with a great message. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie clint tanica (8/29/2018 3:39:00 AM)

    great and beautiful (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. 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. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  10. 10. The Treasure Of Life , Olive Walters
  11. 11. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  12. 12. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  13. 13. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  14. 14. How Life Is For Life (Tanka) , Muzahidul Reza
  15. 15. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  16. 16. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  17. 17. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  18. 18. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  19. 19. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
  20. 20. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  21. 21. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  22. 22. Life Is Love, And Love Is Life , Anna Jonson
  23. 23. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  24. 24. Life Goes On , Elizabeth Quinn
  25. 25. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life , Andre Veilleux
  26. 26. (c) 1 (Life/Philosophy) Life Is.... , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  27. 27. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  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 The Body's Light , Robert Herrick
  33. 33. End To Life And Life To Come , Cassandra Reiman
  34. 34. Weave In, Weave In, My Hardy Life , Walt Whitman
  35. 35. Life Is Just Like Life , Rahman Henry
  36. 36. Life Is Life , Samir E...
  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. Leaflets From My Life - My Father's Firs.. , Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon
  43. 43. My Life, My Worthless Life , Gary Witt
  44. 44. Life...After Life , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  45. 45. One Life To Live One Life To Love , pinky porwal
  46. 46. Life Raft Of Life , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  47. 47. Life Is...Well, After All...Just Life , Scarlett Treat
  48. 48. Life, Purpose, My Life... My Life... , Yiannis Baki
  49. 49. Shopping For Yourself (Life Life Life .. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  50. 50. The Life Of A Pumpkin Begins At Its Poll.. , NHIEN NGUYEN MD
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