November 10, 1852, Germantown, Pennsylvania.

April 10, 1933, Princeton, New Jersey.

Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey.


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 in 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