Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey


 

A SONG BY THE SHORE


 

"LOSE and love" is love's first art;
So it was with thee and me,
For I first beheld thy heart
On the night I last saw thee.
Pine-woods and mysteries!
5

Sea-sands and sorrows!
Hearts fluttered by a breeze
That bodes dark morrows, morrows,—
Bodes dark morrows!

Moonlight in sweet overflow

10
Poured upon the earth and sea!
Lovelight with intenser glow
In the deeps of thee and me!
Clasped hands and silences!
Hearts faint and throbbing!
15
The weak wind sighing in the trees!
The strong surf sobbing, sobbing,—
The strong surf sobbing!