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Poetic impressions

Discussion in 'Off Topic [DB]' started by ChuckCorbis, Dec 30, 2012.


  1. Being the end of year and another one past, this keeps things in perspective. My Uncle Anthony recited it at dinner last night. I hadn't seen him and the family in years. He told me it is his favorite. Anthony Corbisiero the Author of the book, "Disillusionment" regarding the Watergate break in and President Nixon, is a Professor of Public Administration at Temple University. My personal favorite is Robert Browning but Longfellow is leaving an impression on me.


    A Psalm of Life 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 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 solenm 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.
     
  2. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    Still a presence in his home town. Thanks, Chuck.
     

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  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Beautiful, Chuck. Thanks for that. :) Stolen, so that I may share with others who could use to see it.
     
  4. Chef FourString

    Chef FourString

    Feb 4, 2011
    Texas
    That's very nice, man. I like that. Very pleasant. :)
     
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