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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Richard Hovey. 1864–1900
 
30. At the Crossroads
 
YOU to the left and I to the right, 
For the ways of men must sever— 
And it well may be for a day and a night, 
And it well may be forever. 
But whether we meet or whether we part         5
(For our ways are past our knowing), 
A pledge from the heart to its fellow heart 
On the ways we all are going! 
Here's luck! 
For we know not where we are going.  10
  
Whether we win or whether we lose 
With the hands that life is dealing, 
It is not we nor the ways we choose 
But the fall of the cards that's sealing. 
There's a fate in love and a fate in fight,  15
And the best of us all go under— 
And whether we're wrong or whether we're right, 
We win, sometimes, to our wonder. 
Here's luck! 
That we may not yet go under!  20
  
With a steady swing and an open brow 
We have tramped the ways together, 
But we're clasping hands at the crossroads now 
In the Fiend's own night for weather; 
And whether we bleed or whether we smile  25
In the leagues that lie before us 
The ways of life are many a mile 
And the dark of Fate is o'er us. 
Here's luck! 
And a cheer for the dark before us!  30
  
You to the left and I to the right, 
For the ways of men must sever, 
And it well may be for a day and a night 
And it well may be forever! 
But whether we live or whether we die  35
(For the end is past our knowing), 
Here's two frank hearts and the open sky, 
Be a fair or an ill wind blowing! 
Here's luck? 
In the teeth of all winds blowing.  40
 
 
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