The Rhyme Makers
The wine poems
credited to Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey at vintagewinepoems.com are
Songs of Vagabondia (1894), a book copyrighted jointly by
Carman and Hovey. Bliss Carman went on to become one of the
poets of his native Canada. He also appears here as a
translator of the ancient Greek poetess Sappho. Richard Hovey died of
complications from minor abdominal surgery, at a time when he was
just coming into his own as a poet. He was 35.
- S. H. Bass
more Carman and Hovey
Carman (1861-1929), Canadian poet
Hovey (1864-1900), American poet
I am only fit to go to bed,
hobble out to sit within the sun,
down the curtain, say the play is done,
the last petals of the poppy shed!
do not want to live when I am old,
have no use for things I cannot love;
when the day that I am talking of
God forefend!) is come, it will be cold.
if there is another place than this,
all the men will greet me as "Old Man,"
all the women wrap me in a smile,
money is more useless than a kiss,
good wine is not put beneath the ban,
will go there and stay a little while.
from Songs from