1852–1933
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No­vem­ber 10, 1852, Ger­man­town, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Ap­ril 10, 1933, Prince­ton, New Jer­sey.

Prince­ton Ce­me­te­ry, Prince­ton, New Jer­sey.

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Van Dyke at­tend­ed Prince­ton Un­i­ver­si­ty, then served as pas­tor of the Brick Pres­by­ter­i­an Church in New York Ci­ty. Seventeen years later, he re­turned to Prince­ton as a pro­fess­or of Eng­lish li­ter­a­ture.

Af­ter­ward, he held a num­ber of em­i­nent posts: Am­er­i­can am­bas­sa­dor to the Ne­ther­lands and Lux­em­bourg, mod­er­a­tor of the Gen­er­al As­semb­ly of the Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Com­man­der of the Le­gion of Ho­nor, and pre­si­dent of the Na­tion­al In­sti­tute of Arts and Let­ters.

He chaired the com­mittee that com­piled the Pres­by­ter­i­an Book of Com­mon Wor­ship in 1905, and helped pre­pare the re­vised ed­i­tion in 1932.

His works in­clude:

Some of Van Dyke’s quotes that have been wide­ly pub­lished:

There is a lof­ti­er am­bi­tion than mere­ly to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift man­kind a lit­tle high­er.

Time is too slow for those who Wait,
Too swift for those who Fear,
Too long for those who Grieve,
Too short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is not.

Who seeks for Heaven alone to save his soul
May keep the path, but will not reach the goal;
While he who walks in love may wander far,
Yet God will bring him where the blessed are.

Use the tal­ents you pos­sess, for the woods would be very si­lent if no birds sang ex­cept the best.

  1. Every Mor­ning Seems to Say
  2. Jesus, Thou Di­vine Com­pan­ion
  3. Jesus Thou Hast Known
  4. Joyful, Joy­ful, We Adore Thee
  5. Never in a Prince’s Pal­ace
  6. No Form of Hu­man Fram­ing
  7. Not to the Swift the Race
  8. Now Again the World Is Shak­en
  9. O Com­rade of the Hu­man Heart
  10. O Lord, Our God, Thy Migh­ty Hand
  11. O Mak­er of the Migh­ty Deep
  12. O Thou Whose Bound­less Love Be­stows
  13. Return, Dear Lord, to Those Who Look
  14. These Are the Gifts I Ask of Thee
  15. They Who Tread the Path of La­bor
  16. Thy Vic­to­ry Is in the Heart
  17. Thy Wis­dom and Thy Might Ap­pear
  18. ’Tis Fine to See the Old World
  19. Wherever Men Adore Thee