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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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,411 Points Obigod Chidi Cece (4/20/2017 2:12:00 PM)

    I will be a food in the fight. Mehn! I love this poem (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 10,423 Points Tapan M. Saren (4/14/2017 10:51:00 AM)

    This is a very beautiful poem reflecting life. I love this one. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 523 Points Ash Frost (3/26/2017 10:39:00 AM)

    love it my mind is get relaxed (Report) Reply

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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. An Old Life , Donald Hall
  7. 7. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  8. 8. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  9. 9. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  10. 10. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  11. 11. What Is Life? , John Clare
  12. 12. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  14. 14. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  15. 15. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  16. 16. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  17. 17. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  18. 18. Later Life , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  19. 19. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  20. 20. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  21. 21. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  22. 22. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  23. 23. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  24. 24. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  25. 25. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  26. 26. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  27. 27. A Life , Howard Nemerov
  28. 28. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  29. 29. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  30. 30. Still Life , Thom Gunn
  31. 31. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
  32. 32. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
  33. 33. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  34. 34. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  35. 35. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  36. 36. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  37. 37. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  38. 38. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  39. 39. Life Is Love, And Love Is Life , Anna Jonson
  40. 40. The Treasure Of Life , Olive Walters
  41. 41. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  42. 42. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life , Andre Veilleux
  43. 43. (c) 1 (Life/Philosophy) Life Is.... , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  44. 44. My Life Had Stood , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
  46. 46. Still-Life , Elizabeth Daryush
  47. 47. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
  48. 48. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  49. 49. An Adventure In The Life Of King James V.. , William Topaz McGonagall
  50. 50. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
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