THE RED FLOWER
POEMS WRITTEN IN WAR TIME
HENRY VAN DYKE
D. C. L. (OXON.)
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
Copyright, 1916, 1917, by Charles Scribner's Sons
Published November, 1917
Reprinted December, 1917
Copyright, 1915, l916, by The Outlook Company
Copyright, 1916, 1917, by Harper & Brothers
Copyright, 1916, by American Academy of Arts and Letters
Copyright, 1916, by The Kalon Publishing Company, Inc.
Copyright, 1917, by The Independent
Copyright, 1917, by The New York Times Company
These are verses that came to me in this dreadful war time amid the cares and labors of a heavy task.
Two of the poems, "A Scrap of Paper" and "Stand Fast," were written in 1914 and bore the signature Civis Americanus -- the use of my own name at that time being impossible. Two others, "Lights Out" and "Remarks about Kings," were read for me by Robert Underwood Johnson at the meeting of the American Academy in Boston, November, 1915, at which I was unable to be present.
The rest of the verses were printed after I had resigned my diplomatic post and was free to say what I thought and felt, without reserve.
The "Interludes in Holland" are thoughts of the peaceful things that will abide for all the world after we have won this war against war.
SYLVANORA, October 1, 1917.