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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 - 113 Points Cynthia Osta (11/19/2017 3:36:00 AM)

    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! (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 785 Points Kishor Kumar Mishra (10/29/2017 9:19:00 PM)

    Lives of great men all remind us
    We can make our lives sublime,
    And, departing, leave behind us
    Footprints on the sands of time;

    These nice lines inspire and encourage us to go on with the life. A very good poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,228 Points Tinashe Mupedzapasi (10/28/2017 2:59:00 PM)

    trust no future, however pleasant...great a poem (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. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  8. 8. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  9. 9. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  10. 10. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  11. 11. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  12. 12. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  13. 13. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  14. 14. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. 15. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  16. 16. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  17. 17. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  18. 18. How Life Is For Life (Tanka) , Muzahidul Reza
  19. 19. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
  20. 20. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  21. 21. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  22. 22. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  23. 23. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  24. 24. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  25. 25. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  26. 26. Life Is Love, And Love Is Life , Anna Jonson
  27. 27. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  28. 28. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  30. 30. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  31. 31. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
  32. 32. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  33. 33. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  34. 34. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  35. 35. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life , Andre Veilleux
  36. 36. (c) 1 (Life/Philosophy) Life Is.... , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  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. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  41. 41. Modern Love Iv: All Other Joys Of Life , George Meredith
  42. 42. Ploughman's Life, The , Robert Burns
  43. 43. The Country Life: , Robert Herrick
  44. 44. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  45. 45. My Life Had Stood , Emily Dickinson
  46. 46. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
  47. 47. Life Goes On , Elizabeth Quinn
  48. 48. Life Is The Body's Light , Robert Herrick
  49. 49. They May Rail At This Life , Thomas Moore
  50. 50. End To Life And Life To Come , Cassandra Reiman
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