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The Vine and the Goat
Henry van Dyke


Although you eat me to the root,
I yet shall bear enough of fruit
For wine to sprinkle your dim eyes,
When you are made a sacrifice.


This poem is in the public domain.



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."  




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This is wonderful!!
Posted 07/23/2019 11:07 AM
Gilbert Allen:
Funny and thought-provoking--a nice combination!
Posted 07/23/2019 08:51 AM
Love this!!!
Posted 07/23/2019 08:40 AM
Larry Schug:
The best poetry--say a lot with a little!
Posted 07/23/2019 08:13 AM
michael escoubas:
Love the iambic perfection of each 8-syllable line as well as its delightful end-line rhymes, not to mention its wry humor. This free verse writer is taking notes! Praise to the art of great 19th century poets.
Posted 07/23/2019 07:56 AM

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