Let me but live my life from year to year,

With forward face and unreluctant soul.

Not hurrying too, nor turning from the goal;

Not mourning for the things that disappear

In the dim past, nor holding back in fear

From what the future veils; but with a whole

And happy heart, that pays it’s toll

To youth and age, and travels on with cheer.

So let the way wind up the hill or down,

O’er rough or smooth, the journey will be joy;

Still seeking what I sought when but a boy,

New friendship, high adventure, and a crown,

I shall grow old, but never lose life’s zest,

Because the road’s last turn will be the best.

~Henry van Dyke~


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