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The Hearth
Henry van Dyke


When the logs are burning free,
Then the fire is full of glee:
When each heart gives out its best,
Then the talk is full of zest:
Light your fire and never fear,
Life was made for love and cheer.

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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I love the simple, uplifting message. Good choice for the day.
Posted 01/10/2021 08:28 AM
I love the simple, uplifting message. Good choice for the day.
Posted 01/10/2021 08:28 AM
Such uplifting thoughts! Thank you, Jayne!
Posted 01/09/2021 02:40 PM
Love this!!
Posted 01/08/2021 04:45 PM
You picked another good one for us, Thank you.
Posted 01/08/2021 11:24 AM
Hard to read aloud without smiling.
Posted 01/08/2021 10:31 AM
In these days of stress, we all need some fireside warmth.
Posted 01/08/2021 09:08 AM
Larry Schug:
Exactly, Mr. van Dyke, still alive in your words.
Posted 01/08/2021 08:40 AM
michael escoubas:
I needed this in the present moment! Thank you, Jayne; and thank you, Henry!
Posted 01/08/2021 08:25 AM

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