Last Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey


 

UNDER THE ROWANS


 

I SAW a little river
Running beside a wall,
And over it hung scarlet
The berried rowans tall.

Beside it for a moment

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The summer-time delayed;
And cooler fell the sunlight
Through centuries of shade.

And there was laughing Bronwen
A-wading to the knee.

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While still the foolish water
Went racing to the sea.

I whistled, "Love, come over!"
She was too wild to fear
The wildness of the forest,

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The ruin of the year.

And when the stars above us
Hung in the rowans high,
It was the little river
That made our lullaby.

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Indoors, to-night, and fire-dreams!
And where I wander, far
Within a shining country
That needs no calendar,

There is a little river

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Running beside a wall,
And over it hang scarlet
The berried rowans tall.