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Bliss Carman
    

     Bliss Carman
            1864-1929          




Richard Hovey  

      Richard Hovey
                 1864-1900



Theme:  Ageing
NOTES:
The wine poems credited to Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey at vintagewinepoems.com are from Songs of Vagabondia (1894), a book copyrighted jointly by Carman and Hovey.  Bliss Carman went on to become one of the leading 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  


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A Toast
Comrades
The Mote



Stop Button Clutter!
Resignation
Bliss Carman (1861-1929), Canadian poet
Richard Hovey (1864-1900), American poet

When I am only fit to go to bed,
Or hobble out to sit within the sun,
Ring down the curtain, say the play is done,
And the last petals of the poppy shed!

I do not want to live when I am old,
I have no use for things I cannot love;
And when the day that I am talking of
(Which God forefend!) is come, it will be cold.

But if there is another place than this,
Where all the men will greet me as "Old Man,"
And all the women wrap me in a smile,
Where money is more useless than a kiss,
And good wine is not put beneath the ban,
I will go there and stay a little while.



from Songs from Vagabondia (1894)


            


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