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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. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  7. 7. An Old Life , Donald Hall
  8. 8. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  9. 9. What Is Life? , John Clare
  10. 10. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  11. 11. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  12. 12. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  13. 13. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. 15. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  16. 16. Later Life , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  17. 17. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  18. 18. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  19. 19. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  20. 20. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  21. 21. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  22. 22. A Life , Howard Nemerov
  23. 23. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  24. 24. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  25. 25. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  26. 26. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  27. 27. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  28. 28. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  30. 30. Life , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  31. 31. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
  32. 32. Still Life , Thom Gunn
  33. 33. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  34. 34. Artist's Life , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  35. 35. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  36. 36. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  37. 37. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  38. 38. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  39. 39. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  40. 40. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  41. 41. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
  42. 42. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
  43. 43. An Adventure In The Life Of King James V.. , William Topaz McGonagall
  44. 44. The Treasure Of Life , Olive Walters
  45. 45. Modern Love Iv: All Other Joys Of Life , George Meredith
  46. 46. Ploughman's Life, The , Robert Burns
  47. 47. The Country Life: , Robert Herrick
  48. 48. Still-Life , Elizabeth Daryush
  49. 49. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  50. 50. My Life Had Stood , Emily Dickinson
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