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Henry van Dyke

1852 - 1933
Henry Jackson van Dyke, Jr. was an American author, educator, and clergyman, especially well known for his poetry and two Christmas stories, "The Other Wise Man" and "The First Christmas Tree." You will find various religious themes expressed throughout his works. van Dyke was educated and would go on to teach English literature at Princeton University.
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There was a handful of clay in the bank of a river. It was only common clay, coarse and heavy; but it had high thoughts of its own value, and wonderful dreams of the great place which it was to fill ... [+]

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'Tis fine to see the Old World and travel up and down 

Among the famous palaces and cities of renown, 

To admire the crumblyh castles and the statues and kings 

But now I ... [+]

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I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,

spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts

for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.

I stand and watch her... [+]

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Time is 

Too Slow for those who Wait,

Too Swift for those who Fear,

Too Long for those... [+]

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"Do you give thanks for this? -- or that?" 

No, God be thanked

I am not grateful

In that cold, calculating way, with blessing ranked

As one, two, three, and four, -- that ... [+]

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Let me but do my work from day to day,

In field or forest, at the desk or loom,

In roaring market-place or tranquil room;

Let me but find it in my heart to say,

When vagrant wishes beckon ... [+]