A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Another poem that inspires me is ‘A Psalm of Life’ by Longfellow.

What do I take from this poem?  Let me share a few random musings with you…

It serves to remind me that life is short, so you have to make the best of it, and what you have, today.  Don’t gamble today away with hopes of tomorrow, because there is no certainty in what tomorrow may bring.

I am reminded to practice mindfulness, to put my effort, thought and concentration into today, rather than worry about what happened yesterday or feeling anxious about what might happen tomorrow.

Above all, this poem, to me at any rate, inspires hope.

A Psalm of Life

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 are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.

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 sand 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 labour and to wait.


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11 Responses to A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  1. shreejacob says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I shared it on my FB page! 🙂
    You know…the New Age philosophies aren’t exactly New Age at all! It’s been there…go a very, very, very long time..as this poem shows!

  2. What a great poem. Thanks for sharing it. I hope you are well and enjoying life at the moment. Brightest Blessings.

  3. Pingback: Reblog – “A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow” – from The Life and Times of a Forever Witch blog | Blau Stern Schwarz Schlonge

  4. byronycoffin says:

    Forever Witch,
    Greetings and salutations my fine Wiccan friend you’ve been busy at the deep end of the pool as of late. Why so heavy on the posting scene? I love your posts and blogs seem so sad and riddled with death but your quite right about the meaning because things can be pulled out from you in a heartbeat and you won’t even know what you’ve lost till it’s already gone. So live for today. Brightest blessings. Kristen)0(.

    • sammiwitch says:

      I am so sorry that my blog seems sad and focused on death – not my intention, honest. I am currently working through poems that inspire me to try and push myself and reach that little bit higher, that’s all. Thanks so much though for your concern, Kristen – it’s great to know that you care. Wishing you the Brightest of Blessings 🙂

  5. mari wells says:

    Beautiful, Thank you for sharing with me! HUGS

  6. Each day begins as a New Day as we open our eyes, yawn, put out feet on the floor then one foot in front of the other, with the joy of being alive and the faith in our soul and god, whether the day greets us with sunshine or storm. Thank you for sharing these heartening words.

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