Thanks to the wonderful person who bought this image in cards x 3, I am thrilled

My Favourite of all Poems…….a source of inspiration, for me.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

A PSALM OF LIFEWHAT THE HEART OF THE YOUNG MANSAID TO THE PSALMISTTELL 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 to-morrowFind us farther than to-day.Art is long, and Time is fleeting,And our hearts, though stout and brave,Still, like muffled drums, are beatingFuneral 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 usWe can make our lives sublime,And, departing, leave behind usFootprints on the sands 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.


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  • Berns
    Bernsabout 4 years ago

    Briliant editing Cathy! instant fave!

  • Oh thanks Berns xx

    – Cathy Walker

  • annibels
    annibelsabout 4 years ago

    Like your treatment Cathy!

  • Thanks Ann :))))

    – Cathy Walker

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture. Well done.

  • Hi Bill, thank you so much:))

    – Cathy Walker

  • hughwaller
    hughwallerabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic work! Good composition, good treatment, nice mood. Suits the poem nicely to.

  • Hugh thank you for such wonderful critique and encouragement

    – Cathy Walker

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 4 years ago

    Excellnt work…and love the Longfellow!

  • Thank you Gena:))

    – Cathy Walker

  • michellerena
    michellerenaabout 4 years ago

    Great image and effect Cathy, congrats on the sales and that sure is a wonderful poem:)

  • Thanks Michelle, appreciate that!!:))

    – Cathy Walker

  • mscornwall
    mscornwallalmost 4 years ago

    another piece of beautiful work :) xxx

  • Denise, thank you for your wonderful encouragement:) xox

    – Cathy Walker

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