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Henry Van Dyke (Генри Ван Дайк)


Gratitude


”Do you give thanks for this? -- or that?” 
No, God be thanked
I am not grateful
In that cold, calculating way, with blessing ranked
As one, two, three, and four, -- that would be hateful. 

I only know that every day brings good above”
My poor deserving;
I only feel that, in the road of Life, true Love
Is leading me along and never swerving. 

Whatever gifts and mercies in my lot may fall,
I would not measure
As worth a certain price in praise, or great or small;
But take and use them all with simple pleasure. 

For when we gladly eat our daily bread, we bless
The Hand that feeds us;
And when we tread the road of Life in cheerfulness,
Our very heart-beats praise the Love that leads us.



Henry Van Dyke's other poems:
  1. Stars and the Soul
  2. The Window
  3. Urbs Coronata
  4. Patria
  5. The Gentle Traveller


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

  • Stephen Duck (Стивен Дак) Gratitude ("FRiend COLIN! well o'ertook. I have of late")
  • Lucy Montgomery (Люси Монтгомери) Gratitude ("I thank thee, friend, for the beautiful thought")

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