The Vagabonds – Bliss Carman

We are the vagabonds of time,

And rove the yellow autumn days,

When all the roads are gray with rime

And all the valleys blue with haze.

We came unlooked for as the wind Trooping across the April hills,

When the brown waking earth had dreams Of summer in the Wander Kills.

How far afield we joyed to fare,

With June in every blade and tree!

Now with the sea-wind in our hair,

We turn our faces to the sea.

We go unheeded as the stream

That wanders by the hill-wood side,

Till the great marshes take his hand

And lead him to the roving tide.

The roving tide, the sleeping hills,

These are the borders of that zone

Where they may fare as fancy wills

Whom wisdom smiles and calls her own.

It is a country of the sun,

Full of forgotten yesterdays When Time takes Summer in his care

And fills the distance of her gaze.

It stretches from the open sea

To the blue mountains and beyond;

The world is Vagabondia

To him who is a vagabond.

In the beginning, God made man

Out of the wandering dust, men say; And in the end, his life shall be

A wandering wind and blown away.

We are the vagabonds of time,

Willing to let the world go by,

With joy supreme, with heart sublime, And valour in the kindling eye.

We have forgotten where we slept,

And guess not where we sleep to-night,

Whether among the lonely hills

In the pale streamers’ ghostly light

We shall lie down and hear the frost

Walk in the dead leaves restlessly,

Or somewhere on the iron coast

Learn the oblivion of the sea.

It matters not.

And yet I dream

Of dreams fulfilled and rest somewhere

Before this restless heart is stilled

And all its fancies blew to air.

Had I my will!

The sun burns down

And something plucks my garment’s hem:

The robins in their faded brown

Would lure me to the south with them.

‘Tis time for vagabonds to make The nearest inn.

Far on I hear

The voices of the Northern hills Gather the vagrants of the year.

Braveheart, my soul!

Let longings be!

We have another day to wend.

For dark or waylay what care we

Who have the lords of time to a friend?

And if we tarry or make haste,

The wayside sleep can hold no fear.

Shall fate unpoised, or whim perturb,

The calm-begirt in dawn austere? There is a tavern, I have heard, Not far, and frugal, kept by One Who knows the children of the Word,

And welcomes each when the day is done.

Some say the house is lonely set

In Northern night, and snowdrifts keep The silent door; the hearth is cold,

And all my fellows went to sleep…

Had I my will! I hear the sea Thunder a welcome on the shore;

I know where lies the hostelry And who should open me the door. ~ ⚜


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