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First Line: As love and hope together
Last Line: The sweetest pipe of all.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Travel; Optimism; Journeys; Trips

AS Love and Hope together
Walk by me for a while,
Link-armed the ways they travel
For many a pleasant mile --
Link-armed and dumb they travel,
They sing not, but they smile.

Hope leaving, Love commences
To practise on the lute;
And as he sings and travels
With lingering, laggard foot,
Despair plays obbligato
The sentimental flute.

Until in singing garments,
Comes royally, at call --
Comes limber-hipped Indiff'rence
Free stepping, straight and tall --
Comes singing and lamenting,
The sweetest pipe of all.

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