Is Life Worth Living? (A Life Changing Poem)

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Read by John Davies

Alfred Austin was a prolific political writer and poet who succeeded Alfred, Lord Tennyson as poet laureate of England.

Full poem:

IS life worth living?
Yes, so long as there is wrong to right,
Wail of the weak against the strong,
Or tyranny to fight;
Long as there lingers gloom to chase,
Or streaming tear to dry,
One kindred woe, one sorrowing face
That smiles as we draw nigh;
Long as a tale of anguish swells
the heart, and lids grow wet,
And at the sound of Christmas bells
We pardon and forget;
So long as Faith with Freedom reigns,
And loyal Hope survives,
And gracious Charity remains
To leaven lowly lives;
While there is one untrodden tract
For Intellect or Will,
And men are free to think and act
Life is worth living still.

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  1. When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.

  2. I’m glad to see you guys putting out good content again. I didn’t find poetry that really resonated with me until I started watching your videos.

  3. Damn, the way this poem is narrated and expressed is downright beautiful. Kudos for getting me emotional about this.

  4. This is beautiful. I almost skipped over it but I got pulled in anyway and I’m so glad I did. This poem speaks volumes. Thank you for this.

  5. Most people see the ugliness in this world…
    the disarray. I choose to see the beauty.

  6. The timing of this and may other videos is perfect. Always seems to be something or someone bringing me down. If I didn’t know better I’d swear you you knew my life. Thank you

  7. Thank you so much!! This was exactly what I needed today with such a troubled world we live in. It reminded me of: “We must live no matter how many skies have fallen” … D.H. Lawrence

  8. Be powerful and people will notice. The sun is noticed everyday|| WE GREAT MEN

  9. It’s better to try with failure than to fall without trying.

    My Grandmother

  10. The message of this one, along with the timing of the delivery are both perfect for this moment in time.

    Good work as always.

  11. “Thoughts of self-destruction mean that you are trying to “kill off” parts of yourself that have been directed by other people.” ~ (Rosen 2002) “Listening to Depression: How Understanding Your Pain Can Heal Your Life” by Lara Honos Webb

    • That’s dumb lol 😂 what if somebody is physically suffering? Or what if self-destruction is the purpose? Going out in style

  12. Whoever reading this, this universe is always with you, supporting you in every move you make. you are blessed. Keep moving towards your goal.

  13. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis

  14. “Life can be so terrible that the question of whether, or not, it should exist at all can be a real question…but the answer is: it depends on how you live it.” ~ Jordan Peterson

  15. Beautiful 🥰❤️ may we humans find the way to worldwide happyness…caring and loving an utopia worth fighting for

  16. Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life. – *Joni Eareckson Tada*

  17. first time earing this and brought me to tears. just words some might say but how powerful they can be.
    Thank you. listening has really hepled me and others

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