Henry Longfellow( 1807- 1882 )

A Psalm of life [ extract ]


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.


This beautiful poem was written after Longfellow had experienced the pain of losing not just his first, but also his second wife.