Henry Van Dyke

(10 November 1852 – 10 April 1933 / Germantown, Pennsylvania)

Quotations

  • ''Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air;
    And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair;
    And it's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome;
    But when it comes to living, there is no place like home.''
    Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933), U.S. poet. America for Me (l. 9-12). . . One Hundred and One Famous Poems. Roy J. Cook, comp. (Rev. ed., 1958) Reilly & Lee Company; reprinted 1981 by Contemporary Books.
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  • ''I know that Europe's wonderful, yet something seems to lack;
    The Past is too much with her, and the people looking back.''
    Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933), U.S. poet. America for Me (l. 17-18). . . One Hundred and One Famous Poems. Roy J. Cook, comp. (Rev. ed., 1958) Reilly & Lee Company; reprinted 1981 by Contemporary Books.
  • ''Oh, it's home again, and home again, America for me!
    I want a ship that's westward bound to plow the rolling sea,
    To the blessed Land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars,
    Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.''
    Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933), U.S. poet. America for Me (l. 21-24). . . One Hundred and One Famous Poems. Roy J. Cook, comp. (Rev. ed., 1958) Reilly & Lee Company; reprinted 1981 by Contemporary Books.
  • ''The legend of Felix is ended, the toiling of Felix is done;
    The Master has paid him his wages, the goal of his journey is won;
    He rests, but he never is idle; a thousand years pass like a day,
    In the glad surprise of Paradise where work is sweeter than play.''
    Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933), U.S. poet. The Toiling of Felix (l. 1-4). . . Best Loved Poems of the American People, The. Hazel Felleman, ed. (1936) Doubleday & Company.
  • ''This is the gospel of labour, ring it, ye bells of the kirk!
    The Lord of Love came down from above, to live with the men who work.
    This is the rose that He planted, here in the thorn-curst soil:
    Heaven is blest with perfect rest, but the blessing of Earth is toil.''
    Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933), U.S. poet. The Toiling of Felix (l. 1-4). BLPA. Best Loved Poems of the American People, The. Hazel Felleman, ed. (1936) Doubleday & Company.

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The Hermit Thrush

O wonderful! How liquid clear
The molten gold of that ethereal tone,
Floating and falling through the wood alone,
A hermit-hymn poured out for God to hear!
0 holy, holy, holy! Hyaline,
Long light, low light, glory of eventide!
Love far away, far up. -- up, -- love divine!
Little love, too, for ever, ever, near,
Warm love, earth love, tender love of mine,

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