Richard Hovey

American writer (1864-1900)

Richard Hovey (18641900) was an American composer, poet and playwright.


  • In all climes we pitch out tents,
    Cronies of the elements,
    With the secret lords of birth
    Intimate and free.
    • The Wander-lovers.

Along the Trail (1898)

  • The people blossoms armies and puts forth
    The splendid summer of its noiseless might.
    • "The Call of the Bugles", p. 5.
  • Nor love they least
    Who strike with right good will
    To vanquish ill
    And fight God’s battle upward from the beast.
    • "The Call of the Bugles", p. 15.
  • Who would not rather founder in the fight
    Than not have known the glory of the fray?
    • "Two and Fate", p. 29.
  • Praise be to you, O hills, that you can breathe
    Into our souls the secret of your power!
    • "Comrades", p. 49.
  • I have need of the sky,
    I have business with the grass;
    I will up and get me away where the hawk is wheeling
    Lone and high,
    And the slow clouds go by.
    I will get me away to the waters that glass
    The clouds as they pass.
    I will get me away to the woods.
    • "I have Need of the Sky", p. 56.
  • Spring in the world!
    And all things are made new!
    • "Spring", p. 58.
  • For ’t is always fair weather
    When good fellows get together
    With a stein on the table and a good song ringing clear.
    • "Spring", p. 60.
  • The East and the West in the spring of the world shall blend
    As a man and a woman that plight
    Their troth in the warm spring night.
    • "Spring", p. 61. Compare: "Oh, East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet", Rudyard Kipling.
  • The great white cold walks abroad!
    • "Dartmouth Winter-song", p. 80.
  • How loving is the Lord God and how strong withal!
    • "Benzaquen", p. 109.
  • Shall the iron argue with the smith what it would be?
    Or, shall the wrought iron reason with the monger
    To whom it would be sold?
    • "Benzaquen", p. 113.

The Marriage of Guenevere (1891)

  • Love seeks a guerdon; friendship is as God,
    Who gives and asks no payment.
    • Act i. Sc. 1.
  • Fair weather weddings make fair weather lives.
    • Act i. Sc. 3.
  • There is no sorrow like a love denied
    Nor any joy like love that has its will.
    • Act i. Sc. 3.
  • There are worser ills to face
    Than foemen in the fray;
    And many a man has fought because—
    He feared to run away.
    • Act. iv. Sc. 3.
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