Friday, August 23, 2013

Poem of the Week: August 23 – Not to the Swift....

I have sorely missed doing Poem of the Week!

Henry Van Dyke is one of my favorite poets and here is one of his that is quite thought- provoking.

Henry Van Dyke

 Not to the swift, the race:
         Not to the strong, the fight:
         Not to the righteous, perfect grace:
         Not to the wise, the light.

         But often faltering feet
         Come surest to the goal;
         And they who walk in darkness meet
         The sunrise of the soul.

         A thousand times by night
         The Syrian hosts have died;
         A thousand times the vanquished right
         Hath risen, glorified.

         The truth the wise men sought
         Was spoken by a child;
         The alabaster box was brought
         In trembling hands defiled.

         Not from my torch, the gleam,
         But from the stars above:
         Not from my heart, life's crystal stream,
         But from the depths of Love.

Have a joyous weekend!

Miss Melody Muffin


  1. this is what I needed to read today...thank you for posting it! :)


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