Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

By: Jalyn

Early Childhood

Birthday: February 27, 1807

Born in Portland, ME

Deathdate: March 24, 1882

Died in Cambridge, MA


Father- Stephen Longfellow

Mother- Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow

Growing Up


Former Spouse- Mary Storer Potter (m. 1831-1835)

Died of a miscarriage

Spouse- Fanny Appleton Longfellow (m. 1843-1861)

Dress caught on fire


Charles Appleton Longfellow (1884-1893)

Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow (1845-1921)

Alice Mary Longfellow (1850-1928)

Fanny Longfellow (not listed)

Edith Longfellow (not listed)

Anne Allegra Longfellow (not listed)

Other jobs

  • Denied teaching job, first time
  • Pay went up, took the job

Early School

  • Portland Academy
  • Bowdoin College

First published poem

"The Battle of Lovell's Pond"

Published in "Portland Gazette"

529 published poems

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"The 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 art, to dust returnest,

Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

Is our destined end or way;

But to act, that each to-morrow

Find us farther than to-day.

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 sands 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