Bliss Carman

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Bliss Carman (April 15 1861June 8, 1929) was a preeminent Canadian poet. Born William Bliss Carman, he published under his mother's surname, Bliss.


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  • Here's to the day when it is May
    And care as light as a feather,
    When your little shoes and my big boots
    Go tramping over the heather.
    • A Toast, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Here’s to the day
    That wondrous May,
    A-roaming through the heather,
    When her little shoes
    And my big boots
    Were out on the hills together.

    And here’s to the night
    Of our delight,
    That held the stars in tether,
    When her little shoes
    And my big boots
    Were under the bed together.
    • The full toast, as reported in New York Sun. Quoted in John Coldwell Adams, Confederation Voices, 2007.
  • There paused to shut the door
    A fellow called the Wind,
    With mystery before,
    And reticence behind.
    • At the Granite Gate, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • The glad indomitable sea,
    The strong white sun.
    • A Sea Child, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • The greatest joy in nature is the absence of man.
    • New York Times review of Mr. Carman's Prose; A Volume Of Little Essays By The Canadian Poet. (1903).

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