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The Gentle Traveller
Henry van Dyke


“Through many a land your journey ran,  
   And showed the best the world can boast:
Now tell me, traveller, if you can,  
   The place that pleased you most.”
She laid her hands upon my breast,  
   And murmured gently in my ear,
“The place I loved and liked the best  
   Was in your arms, my dear!”

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 former travel agent approves this poem!
Posted 02/12/2021 07:10 PM
Wilda Morris:
Great valentine poem!
Posted 02/12/2021 04:08 PM
Love it!
Posted 02/11/2021 05:13 PM
What a wonderful poem! I have found the one to share with my husband this year. Thank you, Jayne!
Posted 02/11/2021 02:56 PM
Cathy’s Sister:
Perfect poem for a military spouse who was able to travel the world!
Posted 02/11/2021 11:08 AM
Yes. Definitely!!! Love this poem!!
Posted 02/11/2021 10:48 AM
michael escoubas:
Made to order for Valentine's Day . . . would use it myself had I not written my own!! Great post.
Posted 02/11/2021 09:19 AM
Aww. Loved it. Randy
Posted 02/11/2021 07:58 AM

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