A Psalm of Life

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807—1882) American poet


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Poem by Longfellow, published in Voices of the Night (1839). In nine quatrains of alternately rhymed trochaic tetrameters, this popular didactic piece stresses the importance of a full and sincere activity in making the most of life's brief span, rather than succumbing to moods of vain regret or dejection.

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