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, in the sands of time.
Footprints that perhaps another,
Sailing along life's troubled main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, may 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.
An excerpt from Henry Wadsworth Longellow's A Psalm of Life