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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
shapes of august bearing, seraph tall,
indolent imperturbable regard,
in the Tavern door to drink. As the first
his glass to let the warm light melt
the slow bubbles of the wine, a sunbeam,
and broad as smoldering autumn, smote
through its mystery; and a single fleck,
tiniest sun-mote settling through the air,
on the grape-dark surface and there swam.
the Drinker with fastidious care
hand to clear the speck away. "No, no!" -
comrade stayed his arm. "Why," said the first,
would you have me do?" "Ah, let it float
moment longer!" And the second smiled.
you not know what that is?" "No, indeed."
mere dust-mote, a speck of soot, you think,
plague-germ still unsatisfied. It is not.
is the Earth. See, I will stretch my hand
it and the sun; the passing shadow
its poor dwellers a glacial period.
it but stand an hour, it would dissolve,
as the color of the wine.
throw it away now! Lift it from the sweet
flood it has enjoyed so well;"
smiled as only those who live can smile)
time is done, its revelry complete,
being accomplished. Let us drink again."
from Songs from Vagabondia (1894)