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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

  • Freshman - 738 Points Mohit Katyal (7/11/2017 1:45:00 AM)

    liked it so much! ! ! ! very nicely written (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,028 Points Alwi Shatry (6/16/2017)

    Lofty thoughts, eloquent diction. Yet, and with all due respect - - I am somewhat unsure that the vast majority of humanity will pay heed to Longfellow's clarion call to emulate the feats of great men Lives of great men.... I humbly submit that there may be greatness in humility and normalcy often ignored in the quest for greatness and a subliminal yearning for transcendence and (frequently) immortality. For me, the saving grace of this work lies in the lines that state Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant! /Let the dead Past bury its dead! /Act, — act in the living Present! . Regardless, the ultimate question remains: how many deceased, immortalized greats are aware of their achievements when they were still alive? If they are, then death cannot be the final act. We really have no evidence that this is so - - other than by a leap of faith. A provocative poem nonetheless. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Solomon Etim (5/14/2017 5:44:00 PM)

    Add a comment.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. The Life That I Have , Leo Marks
  4. 4. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  5. 5. Life In A Love , Robert Browning
  6. 6. What Is Life? , John Clare
  7. 7. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  8. 8. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  9. 9. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  10. 10. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  11. 11. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  12. 12. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  13. 13. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  14. 14. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  15. 15. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  16. 16. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  17. 17. A Life , Howard Nemerov
  18. 18. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  19. 19. Tie The Strings To My Life, My Lord, , Emily Dickinson
  20. 20. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  21. 21. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  22. 22. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  23. 23. My Life Had Stood , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  25. 25. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  26. 26. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  27. 27. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  28. 28. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  29. 29. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
  30. 30. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  31. 31. Music Is Breath Of Life For Life Artists , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  32. 32. Shopping For Yourself (Life Life Life .. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  33. 33. Teachers, Of Life, Or Teachers In Life. , Michael Gale
  34. 34. Life Is What Life , gajanan mishra
  35. 35. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  36. 36. Weave In, Weave In, My Hardy Life , Walt Whitman
  37. 37. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
  38. 38. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  39. 39. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  40. 40. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  41. 41. The House Of The Life: The Kiss , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  42. 42. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  43. 43. Life Is The Body's Light , Robert Herrick
  44. 44. 5 Gems For Your Life- A Poetics Of Life .. , Nyein Way
  45. 45. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  46. 46. They May Rail At This Life , Thomas Moore
  47. 47. The Treasure Of Life , Olive Walters
  48. 48. This Life Is All Chequer'D With Pleasure.. , Thomas Moore
  49. 49. Mathematics In Life, Of Life , Palas Kumar Ray
  50. 50. The Country Life: , Robert Herrick
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