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The Poems of Henry Van Dyke

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1911. A collection of verse by Van Dyke, the American clergyman, diplomat, educator, and author. The poems in this volume are divided under the following headings: Songs Out of Doors; Stories in Verse; Pro Patria; In Praise of Poets; Music; Lyrics of Labor and Romance; Songs of Hearth and Altar; Inscriptions, Greetings, and Epigrams; and Wayfaring Psalms. See other titles ...more
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Published May 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1911)
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Caleb
Jan 12, 2014 Caleb rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of Van Dyke's short stories and am enjoying getting to know his poetry. I personally find the shorter poems in this collection very good but don't enjoy the longer ones as much. That's more of a personal preference than a comment on his abilities as a poet though. Some favorites of mine are:

If All the Skies
The Child in the Garden
The Three Best Things

Henry Van Dyke isn't very well known today but he's worth a closer look.
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As I read Van Dyke, I feel the passion of our God in this man's heart, and they speak deeply into my own heart. he died in 1933.
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Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) was an American Presbyterian clergyman, educator, and author. He graduated from Princeton in 1873, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1874. He was pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City (1883-99), professor of English literature at Princeton (1899-1923), and U.S. minister to the Netherlands (1913-16).

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“Let me but live my life from year to year,
With forward face and unreluctant soul,
Not hastening to, nor turning from the goal;
Nor mourning things that disappear
In the dim past, nor holding back in fear
From what the future veils; but with a whole
And happy heart, that pays its toll
To youth and age, and travels on with cheer.
So let the way wind up the hill or down,
Through rough or smooth, the journey will be joy,
Still seeking what I sought when but a boy --
New friendship, high adventure, and a crown,
I shall grow old, but never lose life's zest,
Because the road's last turn will be the best.”
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