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Henry van Dyke


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Let me but live my life from year to year,
With forward face and unreluctant soul;
Not hurrying to, nor turning from the goal;
Not mourning for the things that disappear
In the dim past, nor holding back in fear
From what the future veils; but with a whole
And happy heart, that pays its toll
To Youth and Age, and travels on with cheer.

So let the way wind up the hill or down,
O'er rough or smooth, the journey will be joy:
Still seeking what I sought when but a boy,
New friendship, high adventure, and a crown,
My heart will keep the courage of the quest,
And hope the road's last turn will be the best.

 
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Henry van Dyke (1852 - 1933) was born in Pennsylvania.  A nature lover and avid reader, he earned degrees from Princeton then served as a Presbyterian minister for more than 20 years. (He was considered one of the best preachers in New York City.) He eventually returned to Princeton, where he spent nearly 20 years as a professor of English--with a bit of service as the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg and the Netherlands in between. A writer whose talent extended to many different genres, Henry's best known works are probably the lyrics of the hymn "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" and  the Christmas stories, "The Story of the Other Wise Man" and "The First Christmas Tree." 
 

 


Post New Comment:
Jancan:
Oh, how I LOVE this! Janice
Posted 01/03/2017 11:51 AM
Jancan:
Oh, how I LOVE this! Janice
Posted 01/03/2017 11:51 AM
rhonasheridan:
I agree with every word
Posted 01/02/2017 07:28 AM
Lori Levy:
Good advice!
Posted 01/01/2017 11:43 AM
blueskies:
Good poem. Enjoyed the welcoming walk to the a new year.Thanks Henry & Jayne.
Posted 01/01/2017 07:56 AM


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