Henry Van Dyke

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

Without Disguise

Poem by Henry Van Dyke

If I have erred in showing all my heart,
And lost your favour by a lack of pride;
If standing like a beggar at your side
With naked feet, I have forgot the art
Of those who bargain well in passion's mart,
And win the thing they want by what they hide;
Be mine the fault as mine the hope denied,
Be mine the lover's and the loser's part.

The sin, if sin it was, I do repent,
And take the penance on myself alone;
Yet after I have borne the punishment,
I shall not fear to stand before the throne
Of Love with open heart, and make this plea:
"At least I have not lied to her nor Thee!"

Comments about Without Disguise by Henry Van Dyke

  • lily_ikun (10/30/2018 10:50:00 PM)

    what's the meaning of the poem: WORK(Report)Reply

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  • Neran Sati (10/7/2015 2:28:00 AM)

    ..to follow a genuine path of deepest sincerity
    the path forgotten by majority..

    thank you Henry, thanks PH!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003