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Poem by Henry Van Dyke


Life


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.



Henry Van Dyke


Henry Van Dyke's other poems:
  1. Patria
  2. The Empty Quatrain
  3. Sea-Gulls of Manhattan
  4. Stars and the Soul
  5. Thomas Bailey Aldrich


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Life ("As late I journey'd o'er the extensive plain")
  • Charlotte Bront Life ("LIFE, believe, is not a dream")
  • Abraham Cowley Life ("Life's a name")
  • Anna Barbauld Life ("Life! I Know Not What Thou Art")
  • Bryan Procter Life ("WE are born; we laugh; we weep")
  • Francis Bacon Life ("THE world's a bubble, and the life of man")
  • Florence Coates Life ("Before we knew thee thou wert with us; ay")
  • Paul Dunbar Life ("A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in")
  • James Johnson Life ("Out of the infinite sea of eternity")
  • Jones Very Life ("IT is not life upon Thy gifts to live")
  • Edith Wharton Life ("LIFE, like a marble block, is given to all")
  • Mary Robinson Life ("What is this world?thy school, O misery!")

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