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Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)


              1Knight-errant of the Never-ending Quest,
              2    And Minstrel of the Unfulfilled Desire;
              3    For ever tuning thy frail earthly lyre
              4To some unearthly music, and possessed
              5With painful passionate longing to invest
              6    The golden dream of Love's immortal fire
              7    In mortal robes of beautiful attire,
              8And fold perfection to thy throbbing breast!

              9What wonder, Shelley, if the restless wave
            10    Should claim thee and the leaping flame consume
            11      Thy drifted form on Viareggio's beach?
            12Fate to thy body gave a fitting grave,
            13    And bade thy soul ride on with fiery plume,
            14      Thy wild song ring in ocean's yearning speech!


1] Shelley: Percy Bysshe Shelley, English Romantic poet.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Henry Van Dyke, The White Bees and Other Poems (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909): 48. PS 3117 W5 1909 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1909
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/31

Composition date: August 1906
Form: sonnet
Rhyme: abbaabbacdecde

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