Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey


 

RESIGNATION


 

WHEN I am only fit to go to bed,
Or hobble out to sit within the sun,
Ring down the curtain, say the play is done,
And the last petals of the poppy shed!

I do not want to live when I am old,

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I have no use for things I cannot love;
And when the day that I am talking of
(When God forfend!) is come, it will be cold.

But if there is another place than this,
Where all the men will greet me as "Old Man,"

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And all the women wrap me in a smile,
Where money is more useless than a kiss,
And good wine is not put beneath the ban,
I will go there and stay a little while.