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Poem by Henry Van Dyke


Knight-errant of the Never-ending Quest, 
And Minstrel of the Unfulfilled Desire; 
For ever tuning thy frail earthly lyre
To some unearthly music, and possessed
With painful passionate longing to invest
The golden dream of Loves immortal fire
In mortal robes of beautiful attire, 
And fold perfection to thy throbbing breast!

What wonder, Shelley, if the restless wave
Should claim thee and the leaping flame consume
Thy drifted form on Viareggios beach? 
Fate to thy body gave a fitting grave, 
And bade thy soul ride on with fiery plume, 
Thy wild song ring in oceans yearning speech!

Henry Van Dyke

Henry Van Dyke's other poems:
  1. The Statue of Sherman by St. Gaudens
  2. Nepenthe
  3. Francis Makemie
  4. Patria
  5. The Empty Quatrain

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • James McIntyre Shelley ("England had triplets at a birth")
  • Emily Pfeiffer Shelley ("THERE lies betwixt dead Pisa and the sea")

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