The White Bees

and Other Poems

Author: Henry van Dyke
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,779 / 36 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 563
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Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Poetry
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> And all the hopes they brought for you,
And be the City's Crown.

AMERICA

I Love thine inland seas,

Thy groves of giant trees,
Thy rolling plains;
Thy rivers' mighty sweep,
Thy mystic canyons deep,
Thy mountains wild and steep,
All thy domains;

Thy silver Eastern strands,
Thy Golden Gate that stands
Wide to the West;
Thy flowery Southland fair,
Thy sweet and crystal air,--
O land beyond compare,
Thee I love best!

Additional verses for the National Hymn, March, 1906.

DOORS OF DARING

The mountains that enfold the vale
With walls of granite, steep and high,
Invite the fearless foot to scale
Their stairway toward the sky.

The restless, deep, dividing sea
That flows and foams from shore to shore,
Calls to its sunburned chivalry,
"Push out, set sail, explore!"
And all the bars at which we fret,
That seem to prison and control,
Are but the door

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