Last Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey




WHY did I kiss you, sweet?
Nor you nor I can say.
You might have said some commonplace,
I might have turned away.

No thought was in our hearts

Of what we were to be.
Fate sent a madness on our souls
And swept us out to sea.

Fate, between breath and breath,
Has made the world anew,

And the bare skies of yesterday
Are all aflame with you.