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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
Richard Hovey. 1864–1900
243. The Wander-Lovers
DOWN the world with Marna! 
That 's the life for me! 
Wandering with the wandering wind, 
Vagabond and unconfined! 
Roving with the roving rain         5
Its unboundaried domain! 
Kith and kin of wander-kind, 
Children of the sea! 
Petrels of the sea-drift! 
Swallows of the lea!  10
Arabs of the whole wide girth 
Of the wind-encircled earth! 
In all climes we pitch our tents, 
Cronies of the elements, 
With the secret lords of birth  15
Intimate and free. 
All the seaboard knows us 
From Fundy to the Keys; 
Every bend and every creek 
Of abundant Chesapeake;  20
Ardise hills and Newport coves 
And the far-off orange groves, 
Where Floridian oceans break, 
Tropic tiger seas. 
Down the world with Marna,  25
Tarrying there and here! 
Just as much at home in Spain 
As in Tangier or Touraine! 
Shakespeare's Avon knows us well, 
And the crags of Neufchâtel;  30
And the ancient Nile is fain 
Of our coming near. 
Down the world with Marna, 
Daughter of the air! 
Marna of the subtle grace,  35
And the vision in her face! 
Moving in the measures trod 
By the angels before God! 
With her sky-blue eyes amaze 
And her sea-blue hair!  40
Marna with the trees' life 
In her veins a-stir! 
Marna of the aspen heart 
Where the sudden quivers start! 
Quick-responsive, subtle, wild!  45
Artless as an artless child, 
Spite of all her reach of art! 
Oh, to roam with her! 
Marna with the wind's will, 
Daughter of the sea!  50
Marna of the quick disdain, 
Starting at the dream of stain! 
At a smile with love aglow, 
At a frown a statued woe, 
Standing pinnacled in pain  55
Till a kiss sets free! 
Down the world with Marna, 
Daughter of the fire! 
Marna of the deathless hope, 
Still alert to win new scope  60
Where the wings of life may spread 
For a flight unhazarded! 
Dreaming of the speech to cope 
With the heart's desire! 
Marna of the far quest  65
After the divine! 
Striving ever for some goal 
Past the blunder-god's control! 
Dreaming of potential years 
When no day shall dawn in fears!  70
That 's the Marna of my soul, 
Wander-bride of mine! 

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