Never Too Late: Poem by Longfellow

Never Too Late Poem
“It is too late! Ah, nothing is too late—
Cato learned Greek at eighty;
Wrote his grand “Oedipus,” and Simonides
Bore off the prize of verse from his compeers
When each had numbered more than fourscore years;
And Theophrastus, at fourscore and ten,
Had begun his “Characters of Men.”
Chaucer, at Woodstock, with his nightingales,
At sixty wrote the “Canterbury Tales.”
Goethe, at Weimar, toiling to the last,
Completed “Faust” when eighty years were past.
What then? Shall we sit idly down and say,
“The night has come; it is no longer day”?
For age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress.
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
It is never too late to start doing what is right.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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    • September 13, 2009

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    • William Mitchell
    • July 7, 2011

    Great poems!

    • Anjali
    • October 1, 2012

    yeah, its never too late…. composed so simply but with great sense…. Thanks

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