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Poem by Henry Van Dyke


The Message


Waking from tender sleep,
My neighbour's little child
Put out his baby hand to me,
Looked in my face, and smiled.

It seemed as if he came
Home from a happy land,
To tell me something that my heart
Would surely understand.

Somewhere, among bright dreams,
A child that once was mine
Had whispered wordless love to him,
And given him a sign.

Comfort of kindly speech,
And counsel of the wise,
Have helped me less than what I read
In those deep-smiling eyes.

Sleep sweetly, little friend,
And dream again of heaven:
With double love I kiss your hand,Ч
Your message has been given.



Henry Van Dyke


Henry Van Dyke's other poems:
  1. A Legend of Service
  2. Patria
  3. Sea-Gulls of Manhattan
  4. The Ancestral Dwelling
  5. Christ of Everywhere


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • John Donne The Message ("Send home my long stray'd eyes to me")
  • Thomas Heywood The Message ("YE little birds that sit and sing")
  • Duncan Scott The Message ("Wind of the gentle summer night")
  • Ella Wilcox The Message ("I have not the gift of vision")

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