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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Life
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
 
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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.
 
Lives of great men all remind us        5
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
 
Footprints that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,        10
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing shall take heart again.
 
 
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