Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)|
There are many kinds of hatred, as many kinds of fire;
And yet there is a hatred that purifies the heart:
O cleansing indignation, O flame of righteous wrath,
A Presbyterian Minister, Henry Van Dyke is perhaps best known for The Story of the Other Wise Man and for the Hymn of Joy ("Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, ..."). He was also a prolific poet, and the above poem can be found in:
Righteous Wrath was written in January 1918.
The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917. On January 8, 1918 Woodrow Wilson declared his fourteen point path to world peace. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919 after lengthy negotiations.
A strong argument can be made that many of the wars that have happened since can be attributed to the French and British negotiators' failure to adopt the spirit of Wilson's fourteen points, and to instead embrace revenge.