Henry Van Dyke

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

Work - Poem 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 beckon me astray,
"This is my work; my blessing, not my doom;
"Of all who live, I am the one by whom
"This work can best be done in the right way."

Then shall I see it not too great, nor small,
To suit my spirit and to prove my powers;
Then shall I cheerful greet the labouring hours,
And cheerful turn, when the long shadows fall
At eventide, to play and love and rest,
Because I know for me my work is best.

Comments about Work by Henry Van Dyke

  • Veteran Poet - 1,959 Points Neran Sati (10/7/2015 2:20:00 AM)

    beautifull poem on the sense of human endeavour (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Sacilliyah YvesWalker (12/28/2014 6:59:00 PM)

    Love this poem. Has stayed with me forever! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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