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A Psalm of Life

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A Psalm of Life

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each to-morrow Find us farther than to-day.
4. 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.
5. 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!
6. 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!
7. Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time;
8. Footprints, that perhaps another, Sailing o’er life’s solemn main, A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, Seeing, shall take heart again.
9. 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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Bivouac : a temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers or mountaineers.

Fleeting : lasting for a very short time

Muffled : (of a sound) not loud because of being obstructed in some way; muted

Forlorn : pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely

Mournful : feeling, expressing, or inducing sadness, regret, or grief

Strife : angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict

Slumber : sleep

Sublime : of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe

Destined : (of a person's future) developing as though according to a plan

Stout : (of a person) somewhat fat or of heavy build

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