What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us.
Ships and Havens, ch. 2 (1898).
And so, by night, while we were all at rest,I think the coming sped the parting guest.Henry Van Dyke
O brave flag, O bright flag, O flag to lead the free!The glory of thy silver stars,Engrailed in blue above the barsOf red for courage, white for truth,Has brought the world a second youthAnd drawn a hundred million hearts to follow after thee.Henry Van Dyke
Honour the brave who sleepWhere the lost “Titanic” lies,The men who knew what a man must doWhen he looks Death in the eyes.“Women and children first,”—Ah, strong and tender cry!The sons whom women had borne and nursed,Remembered,—and dared to die.The boats crept off in the dark:The great ship groaned: and then,—O stars of the night, who saw that sight,Bear witness, These were men!Henry Van Dyke
What is Friendship? Something deepThat the heart can spend and keep:Wealth that greatens while we give,Praise that heartens us to live.Henry Van Dyke
If Might made Right, life were a wild-beasts' cage;If Right made Might, this were the golden age;But now, until we win the long campaign,Right must gain Might to conquer and to reign.Henry Van Dyke
Peace without Justice is a low estate,—A coward cringing to an iron Fate!But Peace through Justice is the great ideal,—We'll pay the price of war to make it real.Henry Van Dyke
But often faltering feetCome surest to the goal;And they who walk in darkness meetThe sunrise of the soul.Henry Van Dyke
He that planteth a tree is the servant of God,He provideth a kindness for many generations,And faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.Henry Van Dyke
He is a Presbyterian first and an artist second, which is just as comfortable as trying to be a Presbyterian first and a chorus girl second.Henry Van Dyke
I read within a poet's book A word that starred the page, "Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage." Yes, that is true, and something more: You'll find, where'er you roam, That marble floors and gilded walls Can never make a home. But every house where Love abides And Friendship is a guest, Is surely home, and home, sweet home; For there the heart can rest.Henry Van Dyke
You might have deemed our long gun-deck Two hundred feet of hell.Henry Van Dyke
Two honest and good-natured anglers have never met each other by the way without crying out, "What luck?"Henry Van Dyke
'Tis an affair of luck.Henry Van Dyke
Peace without Justice is a low estate, A coward cringing to an iron Fate ! But Peace through Justice is the great ideal, We'll pay the price of war to make it real.Henry Van Dyke
Raise the stone, and thou shalt find me; cleave the wood and there am I.Henry Van Dyke
For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside of the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river.Henry Van Dyke
The mountain is voiceless and imperturbable; and its very loftiness and serenity sometimes make us the more lonely.Henry Van Dyke
The promotion from all-day picnics to a two weeks' camping-trip is like going from school to college.Henry Van Dyke
Every mountain is, rightly considered, an invitation to climb.Henry Van Dyke
A friend is what the heart needs all the time.Henry Van Dyke
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