Poem: A Mile With Me by Henry Van Dyke

7.12.2014

Just today I checked out a book entitled The Best Loved Poems of the American People, selected by Hazel Felleman, from my local library. Recently I have been wanting to share more poetry on Reading Soup, so when I found this book I thought it would be perfect for finding the right ones. While beginning to read it, I found this one and thought it would be a nice poem to start with. I hope you all enjoy it, and in the comments section please let me know if you know of another good poem similar to this one. I will continue to post more poetry as I read through this book.

A Mile With Me by Henry Van Dyke

O who will walk a mile with me
Along life's merry way?
A comrade blithe and full of glee,
Who dares to laugh out loud and free,

And let his frolic fancy play,
Like a happy child, through the flowers gay
That fill the field and fringe the way
Where he walks a mile with me.

And who will walk a mile with me
Along life's weary way?
A friend whose heart has eyes to see
The stars shine out o'er the darkening lea,
And the quiet rest at the end o' the day,--
A friend who knows, and dares to say, 
The brave, sweet words that cheer they way
Where he walks a mile with me.

With such a comrade, such a friend,
I fain would walk till journey's end,
Through summer shine, winter rain,
And then?-- Farewell, we shall meet again!

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