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Henry Van Dyke

Henry Van Dyke Poems

Time Is

Time is
Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,


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,

Two Schools

I put my heart to school
In the world, where men grow wise,
"Go out," I said, "and learn the rule;
Come back when you win a prize."

America For Me

'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 had enough of antiquated things.

A Prayer For A Mother's Birthday

Lord Jesus, Thou hast known
A mother's love and tender care:
And Thou wilt hear, while for my own
Mother most dear I make this birthday prayer.

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Nancie O'sullivan 07 June 2010

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

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Bill Klein 28 July 2005

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

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Tess A 02 February 2005

am looking for a Henry Van Dyke. poem and it startes with this I am standing Upon the seashore...

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chicken 22 November 2021

epik poems

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chiclen 22 November 2021

cool poems

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Kumarmani Mahakul 05 November 2020

Henry Van who is raked #142 on top 500 poets on date 05 November 2020, has created new history through his natural and brilliant perseverance in writing. We read his poems with much eagerness. We love to feel his duty and responsibility for literature. An amazing sharing is done really!

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Dolores Pender 30 November 2018

What book can I find the poem called The Parable of Immortality by Henry Van

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John Lanphear 12 August 2017

Hello everyone. I am in possession of 25 hand written and or typed letters from Henry Van Dyke. If anyone can connect me with anyone that would be interested to purchase, please reach out.

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Henry Van Dyke Biography

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


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 betw ...

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