AND SOME OTHER UNCERTAIN THINGS
HENRY VAN DYKE
"Now I conclude that not only in Physicke, but likewise in
sundry more certaine arts, fortune hath great share in them."
M. DE MONTAIGNE: Divers Events,
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
Copyright, 1899, 1905, by Charles Scribner's Sons
Published, October, 1899. Reprinted, November,
December, 1899; January, February, September,
1900; September, 1901; November, 1902; August,
October, 1903; September, 1904.
Walton Edition, limited to 150 copies, November, 1899.
New Edition from New Plates, October, 1905;
August, 1908; May, 1909; June, 1910; August,
September, 1911; July, 1913.
Leather Edition, September, 1911.
TO MY LADY
is the basket;
I bring it home to you.
There are no great fish in it.
But perhaps there may be one or two little
ones which will be to your haste. And there
are a few shining pebbles from the bed of the
brook, and ferns from the cool, green woods,
and wild flowers from the places that you remem-
ber. I would fain console you, if I could, for
the hardship of having married an angler: a man
who relapses into his mania with the return of
every spring, and never sees a little river with-
out wishing to fish in it. But after all, we have
had good times together as we have followed the
stream of life towards the sea. And we have
passed through the dark days without losing
heart, because we were comrades. So let
this book tell you one thing that is certain.
In all the life of your fisherman
the best piece of luck