POEMS: “A psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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A Psalm of Life” (1839)

What the Heart of the Young Man Said to the Psalmist

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.

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

9 Comments Add yours

  1. francisashis says:

    Beautiful message is conveyed .Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Francis for your appreciation and comments! 🙂 ❤


      1. francisashis says:

        Most welcome.👍🌹🙏

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Fantastic poem of bliss and joy, Amira and loved the footprints in the sand that we leave when we come in this world.

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    1. Thank you dear Kamal! mmmhhh…. impermanence… 🙂 ❤


      1. You are always welcome dear Amira ♥️♥️♥️

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    1. That’s great Linda! Warm hugs and much love!!! ❤


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