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First Line: The world is wide and the wind smells sweet
Last Line: Then, ho for the inn that welcomes all!
Subject(s): Life; Roads; Singing & Singers; Sun; Paths; Trails; Songs

THE world is wide and the wind smells sweet,
Wine-of-my-Life is the thought of day.
The journey-lure and the footfall fleet,
Over the hills and far away!

Joy of the open, joy of the wood:
Sun-drenched meadow and pungent pine;
One with the vagrant brotherhood
Under the vast sky, comrade mine!

The slanting shadows, too, are fair,
Keen is the afternoon in zest;
Cool to the brow is the balmy air;
At the end of the road is the Inn of Rest.

There, from the travel stains washed clean,
Better to sit a while than roam:
Friends forgather for talk, I ween,
All of the wanderers trooping home.

The sun is up, and the blithe birds call;
Then, Ho for the Inn that welcomes all!

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