Archives Reveal Family History

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Paternal Geat-grand Parents, Mittie and Jacob Smith

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Longfellow's A Psalm of Life: Timeless Encouragement

These are selected verses quoted from one of my favorite poems,by one of my favorite poets:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

A Psalm of Life

Life is real!Life is earnest!
And the grave is not it's 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
Finds 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.
Trust no future, howe'er pleasant.
Let the dead past bury it's dead.
Act--and act in the living present,
Heart within and God o'erhead!

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