in Famous Poems
Let me but live my life from year to year,
With forward face and unreluctant soul;
Not hurrying to, nor turning from the goal;
Not mourning for the things that disappear
Henry van Dyke was an American author born on November 10, 1852, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. His first career was as a pastor, the position he held for close to twenty years. His father was also a clergyman. Henry van Dyke was regarded as one of the best preachers in New York City. After preaching, he became an English professor at Princeton.
Henry van Dyke wrote the lyrics to the hymn “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” in 1907, and he also wrote some Christmas stories.
He added a couple of verses to “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” written by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831. It was originally considered the national anthem until 1931, when it was replaced by “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Henry van Dyke was a friend of Helen Keller, and he helped officiate the funeral of Mark Twain.
Henry van Dyke passed away on April 10, 1933.