Echoes from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman




WHEN all my writing has been done
Except the final colophon,

And I must bid beloved verse
Farewell for better or for worse,

Let me not linger o’er the page

In doubting and regretful age;

But as an unknown scribe in some
Monastic dim scriptorium,

When twilight on his labor fell
At the glad-heard refection bell,


Might add poor Body’s thanks to be
From spiritual toils set free,

Let me conclude with hearty zest,—
Laus Deo! Nunc bibendum est!