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First Line: Except of barges with red sails
Last Line: Of time and space, and will and fate.


They say that dead men tell no tales!

Except of barges with red sails
And sailors mad for nightingales;

Except of jongleurs stretched at ease
Beside old highways through the trees;

Except of dying moons that break
The hearts of lads who lie awake;

Except of fortresses in shade
And heroes crumbled and betrayed.

But dead men tell no tales, they say!

Except old tales that burn away
The stiffling tapestries of day;

Old tales of life, of love and hate,
Of time and space, and will and fate.




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