Henry Van Dyke
Professor of English Literature, Princeton

I am standing on the seashore golden-state.jpg
When a ship at my side,
Lifts its white sails to the morning breeze
And heads toward the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength,
And I stand and watch her
Until at length she hangs
like a speck of white cloud just where the sky
Comes down to mingle with the ocean.

Then someone at my side says,
"There, she's gone!"
Gone, gone where?
Gone from my side that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spars
as she was when he left my side.
Her diminished size
is in me not in her.

And just at that moment
when someone says, "She's gone!"
There are other eyes

watching her coming.

And other voices ready
to take up the glad shout,
"Here she comes, here she comes,
here she comes!"

And this is what it means
for a Christian to die.

Other Poems

A Psalm of Life

And Can it Be

Above the Hills of Time

And Can it Be

Be Thou My Vision

Cast out Again

Christ Arose!

Christ Beside Me

Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

For the Beauty of the Earth

Found in Translation


from The Prelude

God of Grace and God of Glory

Hark the Hearld Angel Sings

He Leadeth Me

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine

Hymn of the Evening

I Surrender All

Joy to the World

Like a River Glorious


My Faith Looks Up to Thee

National Hymn - God of Our Fathers

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O, The Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus

Parable of Immortality


Sweet Hour of Prayer

The Battle Hymn of the Reformation

The Building of the Ship

The Church's One Foundation

The Landing of the Pilgrims

This Present Crisis

Three Days

We've A Story to Tell to The Nations

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