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Two Schools - Poem by Henry Van Dyke

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."

My heart came back again:
"Now where is the prize?" I cried. ----
"The rule was false, and the prize was pain,
And the teacher's name was Pride."

I put my heart to school
In the woods, where veeries sing,
And brooks run cool and clear;
In the fields, where wild flowers spring,
And the blue of heaven bends near.
"Go out," I said: "you are half a fool,
But perhaps they can teach you here."

"And why do you stay so long,
My heart, and where do you roam?"
The answer came with a laugh and a song, ---
"I find this school is home."


Comments about Two Schools by Henry Van Dyke

  • Rookie Rajnikant (3/11/2019 9:32:00 AM)

    What had the poet hopped to gain from the first school (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 126,865 Points Bharati Nayak (10/7/2015 8:07:00 PM)

    Oh! Nature is the best teacher! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 192,849 Points Susan Williams (10/7/2015 1:33:00 PM)

    That this poem struck a chord in the human heart is evident from the various comments. I liked that the poet didn't preach or lecture, he allowed his heart to speak and our hearts smiled and agreed. (Report) Reply

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