More Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey


 

MARY OF MARKA


 

ERIC of Marka holds the knife:
"A nameless death for a nameless life."—

"Mary of Marka, bid him stay,
And the morrow shall be our wedding-day."—

"Will the blessing of priest give back my faith,

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Or life to the child you left to death?"—

Eric of Marka holds the knife,
And turns to the mother that is no wife:

"Mary of Marka, have your will!
Shall I spare him, or shall I kill?"—

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"He wrought me wrong when the days were sweet,
And he’ll get no more but a winding-sheet."