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First Line: Oh, we are young and it is spring
Last Line: We're on our way to carcassonne.
Subject(s): Carcassonne, France


Oh, we are young and it is Spring;
The road before our feet is plain;
Our eyes are glowing, and we sing;
Our armor has nor dent nor stain.
Of high adventure we are fain
And hope is bright with every dawn;
Through Arcady and through Cockaigne
We're on our way to Carcassonne.

Now we are bearded men who swing
Tried swords; who know the battle strain.
Our challenge to the world we fling:
"Whoso oppose us shall be slain!"
Giants and dragons all in vain
Shall bar the roads we're marching on.
Seasoned in body, heart and brain,
We're on our way to Carcassonne.

Now we are old, our voices ring
A little cracked. Our spirits wane.
Our ranks are thinned. The seasons bring
Little but weariness and pain.
But our proud purpose we maintain,
Although our strength is almost gone.
Perhaps the goal we still shall gain,
We're on our way to Carcassonne.

ENVOY

Those towers gold as ripened grain
Perchance we may not gaze upon,
And yet, through sunshine, wind and rain,
We're on our way to Carcassonne.





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