Music and Other Poems

Author: Henry Van Dyke


O lead me by the hand,
And let my heart have rest,
And bring me back to childhood land,
To find again the long-lost band
Of playmates blithe and blest.

Some quaint, old-fashioned air,
That all the children knew,
Shall run before us everywhere,
Like a little maid with flying hair,
To guide the merry crew.

Along the garden ways
We chase the light-foot tune,
And in and out the flowery maze,
With eager haste and fond delays,
In pleasant paths of June.

For us the fields are new,
For us the woods are rife
With fairy secrets, deep and true,
And heaven is but a tent of blue
Above the game of life.

The world is far away:
The fever and the fret,
And all that makes the heart grow gray,
Is out of sight and far away,
Dear Music, while I hear thee play
That olden, golden roundelay,
"Remember and forget!"


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Chicago: Henry Van Dyke, "IV," Music and Other Poems, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Music and Other Poems (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2022,

MLA: Dyke, Henry Van. "IV." Music and Other Poems, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Music and Other Poems, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2022.

Harvard: Dyke, HV, 'IV' in Music and Other Poems, ed. and trans. . cited in 1850, Music and Other Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2022, from