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Henry Van Dyke (Генри Ван Дайк)


To James Whitcomb Riley


On his ”Book of Joyous Children”

Yours is a garden of old-fashioned flowers;
Joyous children delight to play there;
Weary men find rest in its bowers,
Watching the lingering light of day there.

Old-time tunes and young love’s laughter
Ripple and run among the roses;
Memory’s echoes, murmuring after,
Fill the dusk when the long day closes.

Simple songs with a cadence olden--
These you learned in the Forest of Arden:
Friendly flowers with hearts all golden--
These you borrowed from Eden’s garden.

This is the reason why all men love you;
Truth to life is the charm of art:
Other poets may soar above you--
You keep close to the human heart.



Henry Van Dyke's other poems:
  1. The Wind of Sorrow
  2. National Monuments
  3. Spring in the South
  4. The Name of France
  5. Thomas Bailey Aldrich


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Rudyard Kipling (Редьярд Киплинг) To James Whitcomb Riley ("Your trail runs to the westward")

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