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Ents and Entwives

(The Battle of the Best)

ENT:    When spring unfolds the beechen leaf, and sap is in the bough;

When light is on the wild-wood stream, and wind is on the brow;

When stride is long, and breath is deep, and keen the mountain air,

Come back to me!  Come back to me, and say my land is fair!

 

ENTWIFE:    When spring is come to garth and field, and corn is in the blade;

When blossom like a shining snow is in the orchard laid;

When shower and Sun upon the Earth with fragrance fill the air,

I'll linger here, and will not come, because my land is fair

 

ENT:    When Summer lies upon the world, and in a noon of gold

Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves the dreams of trees unfold;

When woodland halls are green and cool, and wind is in the West,

Come back to me!  Come back to me, and say my land is best!

 

ENTWIFE:    When Summer warms the hanging fruit and burns the berry brown;

When straw is gold, and ear is white, and harvest comes to town;

When honey spills, and apple swells, though wind be in the West,

I'll linger here beneath the Sun, because my land is best!

 

ENT:    When Winter comes, the winter wild that hill and wood shall slay;

When trees shall fall and starless night devour the sunless day;

When wind is in the deadly East, then in the bitter rain

I'll look for thee, and call to thee; I'll come to thee again!

 

ENTWIFE:    When Winter comes, and singing ends; when darkness falls at last;

When broken is the barren bough, and light and labour past;

I'll look for thee, and wait for thee, until we meet again:

Together we will take the road beneath the bitter rain!

 

BOTH:  Together we will take the road that leads into the West,

And far away will find a land where both our hearts may rest

 

***Authors, and origin remain undocumented.  To learn of the Ents and Entwives, go to the pages of Ents.