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First Line: There calleth me ever a marvelous horn
Last Line: I go to my rest!
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Immortality; Rest; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness

THERE calleth me ever a marvelous Horn,
"Come away! Come away!"
Is it earthly music faring astray,
Or is it air-born?
Oh, whether it be a spirit-wile
Or a forest voice,
It biddeth mine ailing heart rejoice,
Yet sorrow the while!

In the greenwood glades—o'er the garlanded bowl—
Night, Noontide, and Morn,
The summoning call of that marvelous Horn
Tones home to my soul!
In vain have I sought for it east and west,
But I darkly feel
That so soon as its music shall cease to peal
I go to my rest!

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