Henry Van Dyke
Time Is by Henry Van Dyke

Time Is by Henry Van Dyke

Time is Too Slow for those who Wait, Too Swift for those who Fear, Too Long for those who Grieve, Too Short for those who Rejoice; But for those who Love, Time is not.

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Indian Summer by Henry Van Dyke

Indian Summer by Henry Van Dyke

A soft veil dims the tender skies,And half conceals from pensive eyesThe bronzing tokens of the fall;A calmness broods upon the hills,And summer's parting dream distillsA charm of ...

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Two Schools by Henry Van Dyke

Two Schools by Henry Van Dyke

I put my heart to schoolIn the world, where men grow wise,"Go out," I said, "and learn the rule;Come back when you win a prize."My heart came back again:"Now where is the prize?" ...

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A Lover’s Envy by Henry Van Dyke

A Lover’s Envy by Henry Van Dyke

I envy every flower that blows Along the meadow where she goes, And every bird that sings to her, And every breeze that brings to herThe fragrance of the rose. I envy every poet's ...

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A Prayer For A Mother’s Birthday by Henry Van Dyke

A Prayer For A Mother’s Birthday by Henry Van Dyke

Lord Jesus, Thou hast knownA mother's love and tender care:And Thou wilt hear, while for my ownMother most dear I make this birthday prayer.Protect her life, I pray,Who gave the ...

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Doors Of Daring by Henry Van Dyke

Doors Of Daring by Henry Van Dyke

The mountains that enfold the valeWith walls of granite, steep and high,Invite the fearless foot to scaleTheir stairway toward the sky. The restless, deep, dividing seaThat flows ...

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Autumn In The Garden by Henry Van Dyke

Autumn In The Garden by Henry Van Dyke

When the frosty kiss of Autumn in the darkMakes its markOn the flowers, and the misty morning grievesOver fallen leaves;Then my olden garden, where the golden soilThrough the ...

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A Home Song by Henry Van Dyke

A Home Song by Henry Van Dyke

I read within a poet's book A word that starred the page:"Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage!" Yes, that is true; and something moreYou'll find, where'er you ...

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America For Me by Henry Van Dyke

America For Me by Henry Van Dyke

'Tis fine to see the Old World and travel up and down Among the famous palaces and cities of renown, To admire the crumblyh castles and the statues and kings But now I think I've ...

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Undine by Henry Van Dyke

Undine by Henry Van Dyke

'T was far away and long ago,When I was but a dreaming boy,This fairy tale of love and woeEntranced my heart with tearful joy;And while with white Undine I wept,Your spirit, -- ...

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My April Lady by Henry Van Dyke

My April Lady by Henry Van Dyke

When down the stair at morning The sunbeams round her float, Sweet rivulets of laughterAre bubbling in her throat;The gladness of her greetingIs gold without alloy;And in the ...

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Homeward Bound by Henry Van Dyke

Homeward Bound by Henry Van Dyke

Home, for my heart still calls me;Home, through the danger zone;Home, whatever befalls me,I will sail again to my own! Wolves of the sea are hidingClosely along the way,Under the ...

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America by Henry Van Dyke

America by Henry Van Dyke

I love thine inland seas, Thy groves of giant trees,Thy rolling plains;Thy rivers' mighty sweep, Thy mystic canyons deep, Thy mountains wild and steep,All thy domains; Thy silver ...

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A Noon Song by Henry Van Dyke

A Noon Song by Henry Van Dyke

There are songs for the morning and songs for the night, For sunrise and sunset, the stars and the moon; But who will give praise to the fulness of light, And sing us a song of ...

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Departure by Henry Van Dyke

Departure by Henry Van Dyke

Oh, why are you shining so bright, big Sun, And why is the garden so gay?Do you know that my days of delight are done,Do you know I am going away?If you covered your face with a ...

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Work by Henry Van Dyke

Work by Henry Van Dyke

Let me but do my work from day to day,In field or forest, at the desk or loom,In roaring market-place or tranquil room;Let me but find it in my heart to say,When vagrant wishes ...

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A Child In The Garden by Henry Van Dyke

A Child In The Garden by Henry Van Dyke

When to the garden of untroubled thoughtI came of late, and saw the open door,And wished again to enter, and exploreThe sweet, wild ways with stainless bloom inwrought,And bowers ...

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America’s Prosperity by Henry Van Dyke

America’s Prosperity by Henry Van Dyke

They tell me thou art rich, my country: goldIn glittering flood has poured into thy chest;Thy flocks and herds increase, thy barns are pressedWith harvest, and thy stores can ...

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Arrival by Henry Van Dyke

Arrival by Henry Van Dyke

Across a thousand miles of sea, a hundred leagues of land,Along a path I had not traced and could not understand,I travelled fast and far for this, -- to take thee by the hand. A ...

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The Price Of Peace by Henry Van Dyke

The Price Of Peace by Henry Van Dyke

Peace without Justice is a low estate,- A coward cringing to an iron Fate! But Peace through Justice is the great ideal,- We'll pay the price of war to make it real.

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Four Things by Henry Van Dyke

Four Things by Henry Van Dyke

Four things a man must learn to do If he would make his record true: To think without confusion clearly; To love his fellow man sincerely; To act from honest motives purely; To ...

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Dulcis Memoria by Henry Van Dyke

Dulcis Memoria by Henry Van Dyke

Long, long ago I heard a little song,(Ah, was it long ago, or yesterday?)So lowly, slowly wound the tune along,That far into my heart it found the way:A melody consoling and ...

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Life by Henry Van Dyke

Life by Henry Van Dyke

Let me but live my life from year to year, With forward face and unreluctant soul; Not hurrying to, nor turning from the goal; Not mourning for the things that disappear In the ...

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Twilight In The Alps by Henry Van Dyke

Twilight In The Alps by Henry Van Dyke

I love the hour that comes, with dusky hair And dewy feet, along the Alpine dellsTo lead the cattle forth. A thousand bells Go chiming after her across the fair And flowery ...

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Love by Henry Van Dyke

Love by Henry Van Dyke

Let me but love my love without disguise,Nor wear a mask of fashion old or new,Nor wait to speak till I can hear a clue,Nor play a part to shine in others' eyes,Nor bow my knees ...

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Victor Hugo by Henry Van Dyke

Victor Hugo by Henry Van Dyke

Heart of France for a hundred years,Passionate, sensitive, proud, and strong,Quick to throb with her hopes and fears,Fierce to flame with her sense of wrong!You, who hailed with a ...

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Christ Of Everywhere by Henry Van Dyke

Christ Of Everywhere by Henry Van Dyke

"Christ of the Andes," Christ of Everywhere, Great lover of the hills, the open air, And patient lover of impatient men Who blindly strive and sin and strive again, -- Thou Living ...

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A Health To Mark Twain by Henry Van Dyke

A Health To Mark Twain by Henry Van Dyke

At his Birthday FeastWith memories old and wishes newWe crown our cups again,And here's to you, and here's to youWith love that ne'er shall wane!And may you keep, at ...

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If All The Skies by Henry Van Dyke

If All The Skies by Henry Van Dyke

If all the skies were sunshine,Our faces would be fainTo feel once more upon themThe cooling splash of rain. If all the world were music,Our hearts would often longFor one sweet ...

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Without Disguise by Henry Van Dyke

Without Disguise by Henry Van Dyke

If I have erred in showing all my heart, And lost your favour by a lack of pride;If standing like a beggar at your side With naked feet, I have forgot the artOf those who bargain ...

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Stars And The Soul by Henry Van Dyke

Stars And The Soul by Henry Van Dyke

To Charles A. Young, Astronomer"Two things," the wise man said, "fill me with awe:The starry heavens and the moral law."Nay, add another wonder to thy roll, --The living marvel of ...

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A Scrap Of Paper by Henry Van Dyke

A Scrap Of Paper by Henry Van Dyke

"Will you go to war just for a scrap of paper?" -- Question of the German Chancellor to the British Ambassador, August 5, 1914. A mocking question! Britain's answer cameSwift as ...

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A Rondeau Of College Rhymes by Henry Van Dyke

A Rondeau Of College Rhymes by Henry Van Dyke

Our college rhymes,--how light they seem,Like little ghosts of love's young dreamThat led our boyish hearts awayFrom lectures and from books, to strayBy flowery mead and flowing ...

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Gratitude by Henry Van Dyke

Gratitude by Henry Van Dyke

"Do you give thanks for this? -- or that?" No, God be thankedI am not gratefulIn that cold, calculating way, with blessing rankedAs one, two, three, and four, -- that would be ...

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An American In Europe by Henry Van Dyke

An American In Europe by Henry Van Dyke

'Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and downAmong the famous palaces and cities of renown, To admire the crumbly castles and the statues of the kings, --But now I think ...

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A Legend Of Service by Henry Van Dyke

A Legend Of Service by Henry Van Dyke

It pleased the Lord of Angels (praise His name!)To hear, one day, report from those who cameWith pitying sorrow, or exultant joy,To tell of earthly tasks in His employ:For some ...

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The Glory Of Ships by Henry Van Dyke

The Glory Of Ships by Henry Van Dyke

The glory of ships is an old, old song,since the days when the sea-rovers ran In their open boats through the roaring surf,and the spread of the world began; The glory of ships is ...

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Jesus, Thou Divine Companion by Henry Van Dyke

Jesus, Thou Divine Companion by Henry Van Dyke

Jesus, Thou divine Companion,By Thy lowly human birthThou hast come to join the workers,Burden bearers of the earth.Thou, the Carpenter of Nazareth,Toiling for Thy daily food,By ...

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Echoes From The Greek Mythology by Henry Van Dyke

Echoes From The Greek Mythology by Henry Van Dyke

I - STARLIGHT With two bright eyes, my star, my love, Thou lookest on the stars above: Ah, would that I the heaven might beWith a million eyes to look on thee. Plato. II - ...

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Love’s Reason by Henry Van Dyke

Love’s Reason by Henry Van Dyke

For that thy face is fair I love thee not;Nor yet because the light of thy brown eyesHath gleams of wonder and of glad surprise,Like woodland streams that cross a sunlit spot:Nor ...

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Master Of Music by Henry Van Dyke

Master Of Music by Henry Van Dyke

Glory of architect, glory of painter, and sculptor, and bard,Living forever in temple and picture and statue and song, --Look how the world with the lights that they lit is ...

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To James Whitcomb Riley by Henry Van Dyke

To James Whitcomb Riley by Henry Van Dyke

On his "Book of Joyous Children"Yours is a garden of old-fashioned flowers;Joyous children delight to play there;Weary men find rest in its bowers,Watching the lingering light of ...

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Love’s Nearness by Henry Van Dyke

Love’s Nearness by Henry Van Dyke

I think of thee, when golden sunbeams shimmerAcross the sea;And when the waves reflect the moon's pale glimmer,I think of thee.I see thy form, when down the distant highwayThe ...

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Love In A Look by Henry Van Dyke

Love In A Look by Henry Van Dyke

Let me but feel thy look's embrace, Transparent, pure, and warm, And I'll not ask to touch thy face,Or fold thee with mine arm.For in thine eyes a girl doth rise,Arrayed in candid ...

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Hymn Of Joy by Henry Van Dyke

Hymn Of Joy by Henry Van Dyke

To the music of Beethoven's ninth symphony Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, Praising Thee their sun above. Melt ...

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Light Between The Trees by Henry Van Dyke

Light Between The Trees by Henry Van Dyke

Long, long, long the trailThrough the brooding forest-gloom,Down the shadowy, lonely valeInto silence, like a roomWhere the light of life has fled,And the jealous curtains ...

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Storm-Music by Henry Van Dyke

Storm-Music by Henry Van Dyke

O Music hast thou only heardThe laughing river, the singing bird,The murmuring wind in the poplar-trees,--Nothing but Nature's melodies?Nay, thou hearest all her tones, As a Queen ...

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The Gentle Traveller by Henry Van Dyke

The Gentle Traveller by Henry Van Dyke

Through many a land your journey ran,And showed the best the world can boast:Now tell me, traveller, if you can,The place that pleased you most." She laid her hands upon my ...

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The Wind Of Sorrow by Henry Van Dyke

The Wind Of Sorrow by Henry Van Dyke

The fire of love was burning, yet so lowThat in the dark we scarce could see its rays,And in the light of perfect-placid daysNothing but smouldering embers dull and slow.Vainly, ...

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Inscriptions For A Friend’s House by Henry Van Dyke

Inscriptions For A Friend’s House by Henry Van Dyke

THE HOUSEThe cornerstone in Truth is laid,The guardian walls of Honour made,The roof of Faith is built above,The fire upon the hearth is Love:Though rains descend and loud winds ...

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