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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Friendship
A Wayfaring Song
Henry van Dyke (1852–1933)
 
From The Outlook

O WHO will walk a mile with me
  Along life’s merry way?
A comrade blithe and full of glee,
Who dares to laugh out loud and free,
And let his frolic fancy play,        5
Like a happy child, through the flowers gay
That fill the field and fringe the way
  Where he walks a mile with me.
 
And who will walk a mile with me
  Along life’s weary way?        10
A friend whose heart has eyes to see
The stars shine out o’er the darkening lea,
And the quiet rest at the end o’ the day,—
A friend who knows, and dares to say,
The brave, sweet words that cheer the way        15
  Where he walks a mile with me.
 
With such a comrade, such a friend,
I fain would walk till journeys end,
Through summer sunshine, winter rain,
And then?—Farewell, we shall meet again!        20
 
 
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