Sam Walter Foss
Sam Walter Foss Poems
- The House By The Side Of The R... There are hermit souls that...
- The Calf-Path One day, through the primeval wood, A calf ...
- An Informal Prayer -- The Pray...
- The Ideal Husband To His Wife We've lived for forty years, ...
- Business 'How is business?' asks the young man of the Spirit ...
- Odium Theologicum I They met and they talked where the ...
- The Town Of Hay THE TOWN of Hay is far away, The town of Hay...
Sam Walter Foss was a librarian and poet whose works included The House by the Side of the Road and The Coming American.
He was born in rural Candia, New Hampshire. Foss lost his mother at age four, worked on his father's farm and went to school in the winter. He graduated from Brown University in 1882, and would be considered illustrious enough to warrant having his name inscribed on the mace. Beginning in 1898, he served as librarian at the Somerville Public Library in Massachusetts. He married a minister's daughter, with whom he had a daughter and son. Foss used to write a poem a day for the newspapers, and his five volumes of collected poetry are of the frank and homely ... more »
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The House By The Side Of The Road
There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
In the place of their self-content;
There are souls like stars, that dwell apart,
In a fellowless firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze the paths
Where highways never ran-
But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
Where the race of men go by-
The men who are good and the men who are bad,
As good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner's seat
Nor hurl the cynic's ban-
Let me live in a house by the side of the ...