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Poem by Henry Van Dyke


A Rondeau of College Rhymes


Our college rhymes,--how light they seem,
Like little ghosts of loves young dream
That led our boyish hearts away
From lectures and from books, to stray
By flowery mead and flowing stream!

Theres nothing here, in form or theme,
Of thought sublime or art supreme:
We would not have the critic weigh
Our college rhymes.

Yet if, perchance, a slender beam
Of feelings glow or fancys gleam
Still lingers in the lines we lay
At Alma Maters feet today,
The touch of Nature may redeem
Our college rhymes.



Henry Van Dyke


Henry Van Dyke's other poems:
  1. The Statue of Sherman by St. Gaudens
  2. The Empty Quatrain
  3. Christ of Everywhere
  4. Hesper
  5. Sea-Gulls of Manhattan


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