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Re: Tell me not in mournful numbers---

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  • Bobbie Felder
    ... Hi Don. I m sorry about your wife :( The poem is one by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This is the entire thing: A Psalm of Life Tell me not in
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      At 09:54 PM 8/31/00 -0700, you wrote:

      > Bobbie, where did you get that poem? My late ex-wife dreamed at least
      >the first line of it about ten years ago (She died in 1997) and went around
      >the place repeating it and obsessing about it for weeks. Drove me nuts.
      >What a shock to see it in your e-mail!
      >Don Bennett dpbennett@...

      Hi Don. I'm sorry about your wife :(

      The poem is one by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This is the entire thing:

      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 are, to dust thou 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.

      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

      Take care of you :)

      Bobbie

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      ~~~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~~~
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