The Poems of Henry Van Dyke eBook

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January, 1918.

THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR

  I have no joy in strife,
    Peace is my great desire;
  Yet God forbid I lose my life
    Through fear to face the fire.

  A peaceful man must fight
    For that which peace demands,—­
  Freedom and faith, honor and right,
    Defend with heart and hands.

  Farewell, my friendly books;
    Farewell, ye woods and streams;
  The fate that calls me forward looks
    To a duty beyond dreams.

  Oh, better to be dead
    With a face turned to the sky,
  Than live beneath a slavish dread
    And serve a giant lie.

  Stand up, my heart, and strive
    For the things most dear to thee! 
  Why should we care to be alive
    Unless the world is free?

May, 1918.

FROM GLORY UNTO GLORY

AMERICAN FLAG SONG

1776

  O dark the night and dim the day
    When first our flag arose;
  It fluttered bravely in the fray
    To meet o’erwhelming foes. 
  Our fathers saw the splendor shine,
    They dared and suffered all;
  They won our freedom by the sign—­
  The holy sign, the radiant sign—­
    Of the stars that never fall.

Chorus

    All hail to thee, Young Glory! 
      Among the flags of earth
    We’ll ne’er forget the story
      Of thy heroic birth.

1861

  O wild the later storm that shook
    The pillars of the State,
  When brother against brother took
    The final arms of fate. 
  But union lived and peace divine
    Enfolded brothers all;
  The flag floats o’er them with the sign—­
  The loyal sign, the equal sign—­
    Of the stars that never fall.

Chorus

    All hail to thee, Old Glory! 
      Of thee our heart’s desire
    Foretells a golden story,
      For thou hast come through fire.

1917

  O fiercer than all wars before
    That raged on land or sea,
  The Giant Robber’s world-wide war
    For the things that shall not be! 
  Thy sister banners hold the line;
    To thee, dear flag, they call;
  And thou hast joined them with the sign—­
  The heavenly sign, the victor sign—­
    Of the stars that never fall.

Chorus

    All hail to thee, New Glory! 
      We follow thee unfurled
    To write the larger story
      Of Freedom for the World.

September 4, 1918.

BRITAIN, FRANCE, AMERICA

  The rough expanse of democratic sea
  Which parts the lands that live by liberty
  Is no division; for their hearts are one. 
  To fight together till their cause is won.

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