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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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    Let us, then, be up and doing,
    With a heart for any fate;
    Still achieving, still pursuing,
    Learn to labor and to wait


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