Upon the hearth the fire is red

Upon the hearth the fire is red
Beneath the roof there is a bed
But not yet weary are our feet
still round the corner we may meet
A sudden tree or standing stone
That none have seen but we alone
Tree and flower and leaf and grass
Let them pass! Let them pass!
Hill and water under sky
Pass them by! Pass them by!

Still around the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the moon or to the sun.
Apple thorn and nut and sloe
Let them go! Let them go!
Sand and stone and pool and dell,
Fare you well! Fare you well!

Home is behind and world is ahead
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead,
We’ll wander back to home and bed.
Mist and Twilight cloud and shade
All shall fade. All shall fade.
Fire and lamp and meat and bread,
And then to bed! And then to bed!

The Walking Song
by J.R.R. Tolkien
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