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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1534. Envoy
 
To “More Songs from Vagabondia”
 
By Richard Hovey
 
 
I

WHOSE furthest footstep never strayed
Beyond the village of his birth
Is but a lodger for the night
In this old wayside inn of earth.
 
To-morrow he shall take his pack,        5
And set out for the ways beyond
On the old trail from star to star,
An alien and a vagabond.
 
II

If any record of our names
Be blown about the hills of time,        10
Let no one sunder us in death,—
The man of paint, the men of rhyme,
 
Of all our good, of all our bad,
This one thing only is of worth,—
We held the league of heart to heart        15
The only purpose of the earth.
 

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