Bliss William Carman
An April Morning by Bliss William Carman

An April Morning by Bliss William Carman

ONCE more in misted AprilThe world is growing green.Along the winding riverThe plumey willows lean.Beyond the sweeping meadowsThe looming mountains rise,Like battlements of ...

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Above The Gaspereau by Bliss William Carman

Above The Gaspereau by Bliss William Carman

To H. E. C.THERE are sunflowers too in my garden on top of the hill,Where now in the early September the sun has his will—The slow autumn sun that goes leisurely, taking his ...

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A Winter Piece by Bliss William Carman

A Winter Piece by Bliss William Carman

OVER the rim of a lacquered bowl,Where a cold blue water-color standsI see the wintry breakers rollAnd heave their froth up the freezing sands.Here in immunity safe and dull,Soul ...

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At Sunrise by Bliss William Carman

At Sunrise by Bliss William Carman

NOW the stars have fadedIn the purple chill,Lo, the sun is kindlingOn the eastern hill.Tree by tree the forestTakes the golden tinge,As the shafts of gloryPierce the summit's ...

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A Song Before Sailing by Bliss William Carman

A Song Before Sailing by Bliss William Carman

Wind of the dead men's feet,Blow down the empty streetOf this old city by the seaWith news for me!Blow me beyond the grimeAnd pestilence of time!I am too sick at heart to warWith ...

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An Autumn Garden by Bliss William Carman

An Autumn Garden by Bliss William Carman

My tent stands in a gardenOf aster and golden-rod,Tilled by the rain and the sunshine,And sown by the hand of God, -An old New England pastureAbandoned to peace and time,And by ...

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A Sea Child by Bliss William Carman

A Sea Child by Bliss William Carman

The lover of child MarjoryHad one white hour of life brim full; Now the old nurse, the rocking sea, Hath him to lull.The daughter of child MarjoryHath in her veins, to beat and ...

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A Captain Of The Press Gang by Bliss William Carman

A Captain Of The Press Gang by Bliss William Carman

SHIPMATE, leave the ghostly shadows,Where thy boon companions throng!We will put to sea togetherThrough the twilight with a song.Leering closer, rank and girding,In this Black ...

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A Fireside Vision by Bliss William Carman

A Fireside Vision by Bliss William Carman

ONCE I walked the world enchantedThrough the scented woods of spring,Hand in hand with Love, in raptureJust to hear a bluebird sing.Now the lonely winds of autumnMoan about my ...

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A Northern Vigil by Bliss William Carman

A Northern Vigil by Bliss William Carman

HERE by the gray north sea,In the wintry heart of the wild,Comes the old dream of thee,Guendolen, mistress and child.The heart of the forest grievesIn the drift against my door;A ...

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Hem And Haw by Bliss William Carman

Hem And Haw by Bliss William Carman

Hem and Haw were the sons of sin,Created to shally and shirk;Hem lay 'round and Haw looked onWhile God did all the work.Hem was a fogy, and Haw was a prig,For both had the dull, ...

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At Columbine’s Grave by Bliss William Carman

At Columbine’s Grave by Bliss William Carman

AH, Pierrot,Where is thy Columbine?What vandal could untwineThat gay rose-rope of thine,And spill thy joy like wine,Poor Pierrot?Ah, Pierrot,The moon is rising redAbove thy ...

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At Twilight by Bliss William Carman

At Twilight by Bliss William Carman

NOW the fire is lightedOn the chimney stone,Day goes down the valley,I am left alone.Now the misty purpleFloods the darkened vale,And the stars come outOn the twilight trail.The ...

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Bahaman by Bliss William Carman

Bahaman by Bliss William Carman

To T. B. M.IN the crowd that thronged the pierhead, come to see their friends take shipFor new ventures in seafaring, when the hawsers were let slipAnd we swung out in the ...

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A Creature Catechism by Bliss William Carman

A Creature Catechism by Bliss William Carman

ISoul, what art thou in the tribes of the sea?LORD, said a flying fish, Below the foundations of storm We feel the primal wish Of the earth take form. Through the dim green ...

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At The Making Of Man by Bliss William Carman

At The Making Of Man by Bliss William Carman

First all the host of RaphaelIn liveries of gold,Lifted the chorus on whose rhythmThe spinning spheres are rolled,–The Seraphs of the morning calmWhose hearts are never cold.He ...

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Roadside Flowers by Bliss William Carman

Roadside Flowers by Bliss William Carman

WE are the roadside flowers,Straying from garden grounds, —Lovers of idle hours,Breakers of ordered bounds.If only the earth will feed us,If only the wind be kind,We blossom for ...

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A Seamark by Bliss William Carman

A Seamark by Bliss William Carman

A Threnody for Robert Louis StevensonCOLD, the dull cold! What ails the sun,And takes the heart out of the day?What makes the morning look so mean,The Common so forlorn and ...

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A Remembrance by Bliss William Carman

A Remembrance by Bliss William Carman

HERE in lovely New EnglandWhen summer is come, a sea-turnFlutters a page of remembranceIn the volume of long ago.Soft is the wind over Grand PréStirring the heads of the ...

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The Dustman by Bliss William Carman

The Dustman by Bliss William Carman

'DUSTMAN, dustman!'Through the deserted square he cries,And babies put their rosy fistsInto their eyes.There's nothing out of No-man's-landSo drowsy since the world began,As ...

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The Ships Of Yule by Bliss William Carman

The Ships Of Yule by Bliss William Carman

When I was just a little boy,Before I went to school,I had a fleet of forty sailI called the Ships of Yule;Of every rig, from rakish brigAnd gallant barkentine,To little Fundy ...

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Behind The Arras by Bliss William Carman

Behind The Arras by Bliss William Carman

I like the old house tolerably well,Where I must dwellLike a familiar gnome;And yet I never shall feel quite at home.I love to roam.Day after day I loiter and exploreFrom door to ...

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Before The Snow by Bliss William Carman

Before The Snow by Bliss William Carman

NOW soon, ah, very soon, I knowThe trumpets of the north will blow,And the great winds will come to bringThe pale wild riders of the snow.Darkening the sun with level flight,At ...

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Trees by Bliss William Carman

Trees by Bliss William Carman

IN the Garden of Eden, planted by God,There were goodly trees in the springing sod,—Trees of beauty and height and grace,To stand in splendor before His face.Apple and hickory, ...

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A More Ancient Mariner by Bliss William Carman

A More Ancient Mariner by Bliss William Carman

The swarthy bee is a buccaneer, A burly velveted rover, Who loves the booming wind in his ear As he sails the seas of clover.A waif of the goblin pirate crew, With not a soul to ...

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A Portrait by Bliss William Carman

A Portrait by Bliss William Carman

A. M. M.BEHOLD her sitting in the sunThis lovely April morn,As eager with the breath of lifeAs daffodils new-born!A priestess of the toiling earth,Yet kindred to the spheres,A ...

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A New England Thanksgiving by Bliss William Carman

A New England Thanksgiving by Bliss William Carman

IT is the mellow seasonWhen gold enchantment liesOn stream and road and woodland,To gladden soul's surmise.The little old grey homesteadsAre quiet as can be,Among their ...

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If Death Be Good by Bliss William Carman

If Death Be Good by Bliss William Carman

(Sappho LXXIV)If death be good,Why do the gods not die?If life be ill,Why do the gods still live?If love be naught,Why do the gods still love?If love be all,What should men do but ...

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Dance Of The Sunbeams by Bliss William Carman

Dance Of The Sunbeams by Bliss William Carman

WHEN morning is high o'er the hilltopsOn river and stream and lake,Wherever a young breeze whispers,The sun-clad dancers wake.One after one up-springing,They flash from their dim ...

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Daises by Bliss William Carman

Daises by Bliss William Carman

Over the shoulders and slopes of the dune I saw the white daisies go down to the sea, A host in the sunshine, an army in June, The people God sends us to set our hearts free. The ...

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The Winter Scene by Bliss William Carman

The Winter Scene by Bliss William Carman

IThe rutted roads are all like iron; skiesAre keen and brilliant; only the oak-leaves clingIn the bare woods, or the hardy bitter-sweet;Drivers have put their sheepskin jackets ...

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The Ghost-Yard Of The Goldenrod by Bliss William Carman

The Ghost-Yard Of The Goldenrod by Bliss William Carman

WHEN the first silent frost has trodThe ghost-yard of the goldenrod,And laid the blight of his cold handUpon the warm autumnal land,And all things wait the subtle changeThat men ...

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Garden Shadows by Bliss William Carman

Garden Shadows by Bliss William Carman

When the dawn winds whisperTo the standing corn,And the rose of morningFrom the dark is born,All my shadowy gardenSeems to grow awareOf a fragrant presence,Half expected there.In ...

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Christmas Song by Bliss William Carman

Christmas Song by Bliss William Carman

ABOVE the weary waiting world,Asleep in chill despair,There breaks a sound of joyous bellsUpon the frosted air.And o'er the humblest rooftree, lo,A star is dancing on the ...

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Winter Streams by Bliss William Carman

Winter Streams by Bliss William Carman

NOW the little rivers goMuffled safely under snow,And the winding meadow streamsMurmur in their wintry dreams,While a tinkling music wellsFaintly from their icy bells,Telling how ...

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The Old Gray Wall by Bliss William Carman

The Old Gray Wall by Bliss William Carman

Time out of mind I have stoodFronting the frost and the sun,That the dream of the world might endure,And the goodly will be done.Did the hand of the builder guess,As he laid me ...

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Mr. Moon: A Song Of The Little People by Bliss William Carman

Mr. Moon: A Song Of The Little People by Bliss William Carman

O MOON, Mr. Moon,When you comin' down?Down on the hilltop,Down in the glen,Out in the clearin',To play with little men?Moon, Mr. Moon,When you comin' down?O Mr. Moon,Hurry up your ...

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Summer Storm by Bliss William Carman

Summer Storm by Bliss William Carman

THE hilltop trees are bowingUnder the coming of storm.The low gray clouds are trailingLike squadrons that sweep and form,With their ammunition of rain.Then the trumpeter wind ...

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Now The Lilac Tree’s In Bud by Bliss William Carman

Now The Lilac Tree’s In Bud by Bliss William Carman

NOW the lilac tree's in bud,And the morning birds are loud.Now a stirring in the bloodMoves the heart of every crowd.Word has gone abroad somewhereOf a great impending ...

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Earth Voices by Bliss William Carman

Earth Voices by Bliss William Carman

II heard the spring wind whisperAbove the brushwood fire,'The world is made foreverOf transport and desire.'I am the breath of being,The primal urge of things;I am the whirl of ...

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The Deserted Pasture by Bliss William Carman

The Deserted Pasture by Bliss William Carman

I love the stony pastureThat no one else will have.The old gray rocks so friendly seem,So durable and brave.In tranquil contemplationIt watches through the year,Seeing the frosty ...

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The Grave-Tree by Bliss William Carman

The Grave-Tree by Bliss William Carman

LET me have a scarlet mapleFor the grave-tree at my head,With the quiet sun behind it,In the years when I am dead.Let me have it for a signal,Where the long winds stream and ...

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Garden Magic by Bliss William Carman

Garden Magic by Bliss William Carman

WITHIN my stone-walled garden(I see her standing now,Uplifted in the twilight,With glory on her brow!)I love to walk at eveningAnd watch, when winds are low,The new moon in the ...

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In A Garden by Bliss William Carman

In A Garden by Bliss William Carman

THOUGHT is a garden wide and oldFor airy creatures to explore,Where grow the great fantastic flowersWith truth for honey at the core.There like a wild marauding beeMade desperate ...

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A Mountain Gateway by Bliss William Carman

A Mountain Gateway by Bliss William Carman

I know a vale where I would go one day,When June comes back and all the world once moreIs glad with summer. Deep in shade it liesA mighty cleft between the bosoming hills,A cool ...

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The Gift by Bliss William Carman

The Gift by Bliss William Carman

I SAID to Life, 'How comes it,With all this wealth in store,Of beauty, joy, and knowledge,Thy cry is still for more?'Count all the years of strivingTo make thy burden less, —The ...

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Spring Song by Bliss William Carman

Spring Song by Bliss William Carman

Make me over, Mother April,When the sap beings to stir!When thy flowery hand deliversAll the mountain-prisoned rivers,And thy great heart beats and quiversTo revive the days that ...

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Fireflies by Bliss William Carman

Fireflies by Bliss William Carman

THE fireflies across the duskAre flashing signals through the gloom—Courageous messengers of lightThat dare immensities of doom.About the seeding meadow-grass,Like busy watchmen ...

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Edward Thring by Bliss William Carman

Edward Thring by Bliss William Carman

This was a leader of the sons of light,Of winsome cheer and strenuous command.Upon the veteran hordes of Bigot-landAll day his vanguard spirit, flaming bright,Bore up the brunt of ...

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The God Of The Wood by Bliss William Carman

The God Of The Wood by Bliss William Carman

HERE all the forces of the woodAs one converge,To make the soul of solitudeWhere all things merge.The sun, the rain-wind, and the rain,The visiting moon,The hurrying cloud by peak ...

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