A Psalm of Life

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 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 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 labor and to wait. 

From A Treasury of Family Reading Willard, Geo. Wash., editor. 1883.

Alec Satin
Alec Satin

Your editor is a Bible-believing Christian with no illusions about our darkening age. Keep reading your KJV. If you don’t have one, get a printed copy with good type and read it every day. May God bless you, keep you, and protect you.