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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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    Trochiac tetrameter with slight variations here and there. I love the flow of its meter.
    Hearts beating funeral marches to the grave.
    “Lives of great men all remind us
    We can make our lives sublime,
    And, departing, leave behind us
    Footprints on the sands of time; “
    Beautifully written. I hope it’s true and there is an afterlife! ! !
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  • John S 11/8/2020 8:09:00 PM

    Trochiac tetrameter with slight variations here and there. I love the flow of its meter.
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    “Lives of great men all remind us
    We can make our lives sublime,
    And, departing, leave behind us
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra 10/21/2020 1:02:00 PM

    Beautiful delivery of the innate meaning of a life worth living. Loved this one since the days of High School.
    I would love to translate in my mother tongue, Odia.
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    A classical poem with a great message for every one- man, woman, young and old. I would like to translate this brilliant piece of poetry into Hindi. Reply

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Life Poems
  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. Love In A Life
    Robert Browning
  6. 6. Life In A Bottle
    Robert Browning
  7. 7. The Buried Life
    Matthew Arnold
  8. 8. Full Of Life, Now
    Walt Whitman
  9. 9. Human Life
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  10. 10. Life
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  11. 11. How Life Is For Life (Tanka)
    Muzahidul Reza
  12. 12. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li..
    Udiah (witness to Yah)
  13. 13. River Of Life, The
    Thomas Campbell
  14. 14. Life Is What Life Is
    Edward Veilleux
  15. 15. An Image From A Past Life
    William Butler Yeats
  16. 16. Xxxvi Life-In-Love
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  17. 17. What Is Life?
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  18. 18. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life)
    C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
  19. 19. Each Life Converges To Some Centre
    Emily Dickinson
  20. 20. Life Is Love, And Love Is Life
    Anna Jonson
  21. 21. Love Love - Life Life
    M. Asim Nehal
  22. 22. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life
    saadat tahir
  23. 23. Life Goes On
    Elizabeth Quinn
  24. 24. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life
    Andre Veilleux
  25. 25. Views Of Life
    Anne Brontë
  26. 26. Ploughman's Life, The
    Robert Burns
  27. 27. Life Beyond, The
    Rupert Brooke
  28. 28. Leaflets From My Life - My Father's Firs..
    Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon
  29. 29. The Country Life:
    Robert Herrick
  30. 30. (c) 1 (Life/Philosophy) Life Is....
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  31. 31. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life)
    Udiah (witness to Yah)
  32. 32. A Life Without Life
    Rose Marie Juan Austin
  33. 33. Life Is The Body's Light
    Robert Herrick
  34. 34. Life Is Just Like Life
    Rahman Henry
  35. 35. End To Life And Life To Come
    Cassandra Reiman
  36. 36. Weave In, Weave In, My Hardy Life
    Walt Whitman
  37. 37. One Life To Live One Life To Love
    pinky porwal
  38. 38. Life Is Life
    Samir E...
  39. 39. Tie The Strings To My Life, My Lord,
    Emily Dickinson
  40. 40. The Plaudite, Or End Of Life
    Robert Herrick
  41. 41. Imagine Life Rights Click Here To Liste..
    Bernadette Gannon
  42. 42. Long Life (Life Is Too Short, But Just ..
    Tricia Mae Chua
  43. 43. Life, Purpose, My Life... My Life...
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  44. 44. My Life, My Worthless Life
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  45. 45. Shopping For Yourself (Life Life Life ..
    Udiah (witness to Yah)
  46. 46. The Life Of A Pumpkin Begins At Its Poll..
    NHIEN NGUYEN MD
  47. 47. Life Of My Life, You Seem To Me
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  48. 48. (109) (Meera) Family Life Or Devotee L..
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  49. 49. A Life Without A Life...
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  50. 50. Death After Life - Life After Death
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Life Poems

  1. Life

    LIFE, believe, is not a dream So dark as sages say; Oft a little morning rain Foretells a pleasant day. Sometimes there are clouds of gloom, But these are transient all; If the shower will make the roses bloom, O why lament its fall ? Rapidly, merrily, Life's sunny hours flit by, Gratefully, cheerily, Enjoy them as they fly ! What though Death at times steps in And calls our Best away ? What though sorrow seems to win, O'er hope, a heavy sway ? Yet hope again elastic springs, Unconquered, though she fell; Still buoyant are her golden wings, Still strong to bear us well. Manfully, fearlessly, The day of trial bear, For gloriously, victoriously, Can courage quell despair !

  2. Life In A Love

    Escape me? Never--- Beloved! While I am I, and you are you, So long as the world contains us both, Me the loving and you the loth While the one eludes, must the other pursue. My life is a fault at last, I fear: It seems too much like a fate, indeed! Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed. But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall, And, baffled, get up and begin again,--- So the chace takes up one's life ' that's all. While, look but once from your farthest bound At me so deep in the dust and dark, No sooner the old hope goes to ground Than a new one, straight to the self-same mark, I shape me--- Ever Removed!

  3. Love In A Life

    I. Room after room, I hunt the house through We inhabit together. Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her--- Next time, herself!---not the trouble behind her Left in the curtain, the couch's perfume! As she brushed it, the cornice-wreath blossomed anew: Yon looking-glass gleaned at the wave of her feather. II. Yet the day wears, And door succeeds door; I try the fresh fortune--- Range the wide house from the wing to the centre. Still the same chance! She goes out as I enter. Spend my whole day in the quest,---who cares? But 'tis twilight, you see,---with such suites to explore, Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune!

  4. O Me! O Life!

    O ME! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; Of the endless trains of the faithless--of cities fill'd with the foolish; Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) Of eyes that vainly crave the light--of the objects mean--of the struggle ever renew'd; Of the poor results of all--of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me; Of the empty and useless years of the rest--with the rest me intertwined; The question, O me! so sad, recurring--What good amid these, O me, O life? Answer. That you are here--that life exists, and identity; That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.