The Poems of Henry Van Dyke eBook

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BENHADAD:  [Agitated.]
    Yet she is consecrated, bound, and doomed
    To sacrificial death; but thou art sworn
    To live and lead my host,—­Hast thou not sworn?

    Only if thou wilt keep thy word to me! 
    Break with this idol of iniquity
    Whose shadow makes a darkness in the land;
    Give her to me who gave me back to thee;
    And I will lead thine army to renown
    And plant thy banners on the hill of triumph. 
    But if she dies, I die with her, defying Rimmon.

[Cries of “Spare them!  Release her!  Give us back
our Captain!” and “Sacrilege!  Let them die!” Then
silence, all turning toward the King.]

    Is this the choice?  Must we destroy the bond
    Of ancient faith, or slay the city’s living hope! 
    I am an old, old man,—­and yet the King! 
    Must I decide?—­O let me ponder it!

[His head sinks upon his breast.  All stand eagerly
looking at him.]

    Ruahmah, my Ruahmah!  I have come
    To thee at last!  And art thou satisfied?

RUAHMAH:  [Looking into his face.]
    Beloved, my beloved, I am glad
    Of all, and glad for ever, come what may. 
    Nothing can harm me,—­since my lord is come!




A modern verse-sequence, showing how a native American subject, strictly realistic, may be treated in various manners adapted to the requirements of different magazines, thus combining Art-for-Art’s-Sake with Writing-for-the-Market.  Read at the First Dinner of the American Periodical Publishers’ Association, in Washington, April, 1904.



For McClure’s Magazine

  The clam that once, on Jersey’s banks,
  Was like the man who dug it, free,
  Now slave-like thro’ the market clanks
  In chains of corporate tyranny.

  The Standard Fish-Trust of New York
  Holds every clam-bank in control;
  And like base Beef and menial Pork,
  The free-born Clam has lost its soul.

  No more the bivalve treads the sands
  In freedom’s rapture, free from guilt: 
  It follows now the harsh commands
  Of Morgiman and Rockabilt.

  Rise, freemen, rise!  Your wrath is just! 
  Call on the Sherman Act to dam
  The floods of this devouring Trust,
  And liberate the fettered Clam.



For the Bookman

  Not Dante when he wandered by the river Arno,
  Not Burns who plowed the banks and braes of bonnie Ayr,
  Not even Shakspere on the shores of Avon,—­ah, no! 
  Not one of those great bards did taste true Poet’s Fare.

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