Songs Out of Doors

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Author: Henry van Dyke
Published: 1923
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,819 / 47 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 701
mnybks.net#: 2416
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Poetry, Music, Nature

The poetry of Henry van Dyke is not merely read, but loved, by countless people. No part of it evokes so universal a response as the poems dealing with nature and outdoor life brought together in this volume.

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ate replying,
Shaking the tune from his wings
While he is flying:

_Surely, surely, surely,

              Life is dear
              Even here.
              Blue above,
              You to love,
            Purely, purely, purely._

There's wild azalea on the hill, and iris down the dell,
And just one spray of lilac still abloom beside the well;
The columbine adorns the rocks, the laurel buds grow pink,
Along the stream white arums gleam, and violets bend to drink.

This is the song of the Yellow-throat,
Fluttering gaily beside you;
Hear how each voluble note
Offers to guide you:

_Which way, sir?
I say, sir,
Let me teach you,
I beseech you!
Are you wishing
Jolly fishing?
This way, sir!
I'll teach you._

Then come, my friend, forget your foes and leave your fears behind, And wander forth to try your luck, with cheerful, quiet mind; For be your fortune great or small, you take what God will give, And all th

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