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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Happy Wanderer
By Percy Addleshaw (‘Hemingway’) (1866–1916)
 
HE is the happy wanderer who goes
  Singing upon his way, with eyes awake
  To every scene, with ears alert to take
The sweetness of all sounds, who loves and knows
The secrets of the highway, holds the rose        5
  Is fairer for the wounds the briars make;
  He welcomes rain that he his thirst may slake,
The sun because it dries his dripping clothes:
 
Treasures experience beyond all store,
  Careless if pain or pleasure he shall win,        10
So that his knowledge widen more and more:
  Ready each hour to worship or to sin,
Until tired, wise, content, he halts before
  The sign o’ The Grave, a cool and quiet inn.
 
 
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