Tell me not, in mournful numbers

Tell me not, in mournful numbers

Author: Henry W. Longfellow
Published in 58 hymnals

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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.

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 and way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us further than to-day.

Lives of true men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints which 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.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #310

Author: Henry W. Longfellow

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth , D.C.L. was born at Portland, Maine, Feb. 27, 1807, and graduated at Bowdoin College, 1825. After residing in Europe for four years to qualify for the Chair of Modern Languages in that College, he entered upon the duties of the same. In 1835 he removed to Harvard, on his election as Professor of Modern Languages and Belles-Lettres. He retained that Professorship to 1854. His literary reputation is great, and his writings are numerous and well known. His poems, many of which are as household words in all English-speaking countries, display much learning and great poetic power. A few of these poems and portions of others have come into common use as hymns, but a hymn-writer in the strict sense of that term he… Go to person page >

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First Line: Tell me not, in mournful numbers
Author: Henry W. Longfellow



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A Book of Hymns and Tunes: for the Sunday-School, the Congregation and Home: 2nd ed. #107


A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #310

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #310

A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d403

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Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #623

Glad Tidings: New Hymns and Tunes for Sunday Schools #d77

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Good Will Songs: a Compilation of Hymns and Tunes #183

Grammar School Hymn Book #d233

Heart and Voice #d243

Heart and Voice #d245

Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d659

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #618

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #684

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #444

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Hymnal for Christian Science Church and Sunday School Services #145

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Hymns and Anthems adapted for Jewish Worship #64

Hymns and Tunes for the Sunday School, the Congregation and the Home #d152

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d382

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Hymns for First-Day Schools #39

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #730

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #730

Hymns of Progress #d163

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Hymns of the Spirit #567

Jubilate Deo, a Book of Hymns and Tunes for Young and Old #d285

Love and Praise #d123

Lyra Sacra Americana: or, Gems from American Sacred Poetry #d183

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National Hymn and Tune Book: for congregations, schools and the home #164

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #872

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d622

Progressive Songster #d121

Sacred Lyrics #d128

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Sacred Songs For Public Worship: a hymn and tune book #141

School and College Hymnal #d144

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School and College Hymnal: a collection of hymns and of selections for responsive readings #107

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Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith #216

Soldier's Friend #d77

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #836

Songs for the School #d150

The Association Hymn Book #d117

The Carol #d180

The Faithist Hymnal #d96

The Golden Harp #d297

The Gospel Hymnal #d564

The New Christian Harp. 10th ed. #d220

The Public School Hymnal, for the Use of High Schools and Seminaries. New and enl. ed. #d225

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The School Hymn-Book: for normal, high, and grammar schools #229

The Soldier's Manual of Devotion, or Book of Common Prayer 2d ed. #d78

The Truth Seeker Collection of Forms, Hymns and Recitations, Original and Selected, for the Use of Liberals #d336

Universal Hymns Compiled for the North End Union #d149

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