Last Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey


 

TO JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY


 

THOUGH aiblins some deserve as highly
O’ that braw winsome lass an’ wily
Wha gi’es a kiss to bardies slyly
An’ sets ’em liltin’,
I ken there’s nane can equal Riley
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To 'scape her jiltin’.
How comes it, man, ye ken sae well
The Muse’s tricks? Hae ye a spell
To keep her sae a’ to yoursel’,
An’ fu’ in Fame’s e’e?
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Fame?—let that hizzie gae to hell!
Here’s to you, Jamesie!