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Henry van Dyke

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Henry van Dyke

Henry van Dyke was born on November 10, 1852. He graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1873 and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1877. He served as a pastor in Rhode Island and New York City for many years before becoming a professor of English at Princeton University in 1900. Van Dyke was the author of The Red Flower: Poems Written in War Time (Copp Clark Co., 1917) as well as numerous books of sermons, essays, and fiction. He died in Princeton, New Jersey, on April 10, 1933.

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                June, 1914

In the pleasant time of Pentecost,
    By the little river Kyll,
I followed the angler’s winding path
    Or waded the stream at will,
And the friendly fertile German land
    Lay round me green and still.

But all day long on the eastern bank
    Of the river cool and clear,
           Stand fast, Great Britain!
Together England, Scotland, Ireland stand
One in the faith that makes a mighty land,—
True to the bond you have and will not break
And fearless in the fight for conscience’ sake!
Against the Giant Robber clad in steel,
With blood of trampled Belgium on his heel,

You dare to say with perjured lips, 
    "We fight to make the ocean free"? 
You, whose black trail of butchered ships 
    Bestrews the bed of every sea 
    Where German submarines have wrought 
    Their horrors! Have you never thought,—
What you call freedom, men call