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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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  • Freshman - 975 Points Neptune Barman (1/21/2017 8:34:00 AM)

    Life is described completely with few words...great writing (Report) Reply

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