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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 - 263 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 - 6,426 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. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  9. 9. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  10. 10. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  11. 11. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  12. 12. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  13. 13. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  14. 14. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  15. 15. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  16. 16. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  17. 17. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  18. 18. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  19. 19. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  20. 20. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  21. 21. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. How Life Is For Life , Muzahidul Reza
  23. 23. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  24. 24. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  25. 25. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
  26. 26. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  27. 27. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  28. 28. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  29. 29. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  30. 30. Life Is Love, And Love Is Life , Anna Jonson
  31. 31. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  32. 32. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  33. 33. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
  34. 34. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  35. 35. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  36. 36. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life , Andre Veilleux
  37. 37. (c) 1 (Life/Philosophy) Life Is.... , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  38. 38. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
  39. 39. An Adventure In The Life Of King James V.. , William Topaz McGonagall
  40. 40. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  41. 41. The Treasure Of Life , Olive Walters
  42. 42. Modern Love Iv: All Other Joys Of Life , George Meredith
  43. 43. My Life Had Stood , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Ploughman's Life, The , Robert Burns
  45. 45. The Country Life: , Robert Herrick
  46. 46. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  47. 47. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
  48. 48. Life Goes On , Elizabeth Quinn
  49. 49. Life Is The Body's Light , Robert Herrick
  50. 50. Soon, O Ianthe! Life Is O'Er , Walter Savage Landor
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