A Vagrant's Life

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A Vagrant's Life
written by William Henry Davies
Nature Poems (1908) Link to further information




What art thou, Life, and what am I?
Here, every day that passes by
Doth prove an idle, empty cheat;
And hint at some false scheme to meet
The coming day and get more mirth -
Which will pass by with no more worth.
1 fear to give one thing my heart,
That Death or Absence may us part;
And 'tis a misery to live
Alone, and have much love to give.
I envy oft that vagrant poor:
He has no landlady next door;
For beauty he has ne'er a care -
More happy bald than with much hair;
He has no child to save gold for,
No patriot's love calls him to war;
No house to burn, no ship to sink,
No wish for fame; no cause to think
Of landlord, rent, or decent cloth;
No wish for Pleasure's hall : in sooth,
With a plain crust, the Sun o'erhead,
Some straw at night to make his bed,
And drinking water, on his knee,
That is the life for him - and me.

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