Read II — Youth and Love I of Songs of Travel and other verses, free online book, by Robert Louis Stevenson, on ReadCentral.com.

   Once only by the garden gate
      Our lips we joined and parted. 
   I must fulfil an empty fate
      And travel the uncharted.

   Hail and farewell!  I must arise,
      Leave here the fatted cattle,
   And paint on foreign lands and skies
      My Odyssey of battle.

   The untented Kosmos my abode,
      I pass, a wilful stranger: 
   My mistress still the open road
      And the bright eyes of danger.

   Come ill or well, the cross, the crown,
      The rainbow or the thunder,
   I fling my soul and body down
      For God to plough them under.