Henry Van Dyke

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

The Sun-Dial At Wells College - Poem by Henry Van Dyke

The shadow by my finger cast
Divides the future from the past:
Before it, sleeps the unborn hour
In darkness, and beyond thy power:
Behind its unreturning line,
The vanished hour, no longer thine:
One hour alone is in thy hands,--
The NOW on which the shadow stands.

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  • (3/30/2018 5:39:00 PM)

    References on the Sundial poem ascribed to Van:

    http: //sundials.org/index.php/component/sundials/onedial/431

    https: //theswellesleyreport.com/2014/04/sundials-of-wellesley/

    http: //www.dickkoolish.com/rmk_page/sundials/whitin.html
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  • (3/30/2018 5:24:00 PM)

    Dear PoemHunter,
    Perhaps you've incorrectly attributed this wondrous poem. The same verse is ascribed to an Author Unknown on the plaque accompanying a sundial which has inspired students passing by the Whitin Observatory at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA since 1899.
    http: //sundials.org/index.php/component/sundials/onedial/431
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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