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Henry Van Dyke

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

Henry Van Dyke
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Henry Jackson van Dyke was an American author, educator, and clergyman.

Biography

Henry van Dyke was born on November 11 , 1852 in Germantown, Pennsylvania in the United States. He graduated from Princeton University in 1873 and from Princeton Theological Seminary, 1877 and served as a professor of English literature at Princeton between 1899 and 1923. In 1908-09 Dr. van Dyke was an American lecturer at the University of Paris. By appointment of President Wilson he became Minister to the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1913. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received many other honors. Van Dyke was an "ardent foe of the annexation of ... more »

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  • 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 w...
    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 ...
  • ''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...
  • 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 t...
    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...
  • 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 ...
    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)...
  • 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-cur...
    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. (193...
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  • Barbara Wheeler (9/11/2013 2:52:00 PM)

    I have an original copy of The Poems of Henry Van Dyke. Leather edition 1913. It is in good conditon and I would like to sell it.

  • Nancie O'sullivan (6/7/2010 8:29:00 AM)

    I have been asked to read the poem of Henry Van Dyke, Gone From My Sight, at a memorial service,6/12/10 and give an introduction. If you have a an insight or comments into this poem, and when and why it was written, I'd appreciate hearing whatever it is that you wish to share.
    Thanks, Nancie

  • Wm George Hess (3/7/2010 1:41:00 PM)

    I am glad to see Henry Van Dyke's poems so accessible but when they are published without the date of the original publication, it becomes virtually impossible to make a correct citation of the poem America for Me. Does anyone know when he first published it other than appearing in an anthology of poems in 1958 and begin critiqued by Jack London?

  • Bill Klein (7/28/2005 4:19:00 PM)

    To Tess A: We are reading this same poem at my father-in-law's memorial service. I was searching for info on Henry van Dyke and whether he actually wrote this poem. Here it is:

    I am standing upon the sea shore.
    A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the
    morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
    She is an object of beauty and strength.
    I stand and watch her until at length she hangs
    like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

    Then someone at my side says; “There, she is gone! ” “Gone where? ” Gone from my sight.
    That is all.
    She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

    Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
    And just at that moment when someone at my side says, “There, she is gone! ”
    There are other eyes watching her and other voices ready to take up the glad shout,
    “Here she comes! ”
    And that is dying.

    Henry Van Dyke

  • Tess A (2/2/2005 2:09:00 PM)

    am looking for a Henry Van Dyke. poem
    and it startes with this

    I am standing Upon the seashore...

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