THE PARTING SONG (JOURNEY'S END)
(J. B. Goodenough)

The fire is out; the moon is down;
The parting glass is dry and done,
And I must go and leave this town
Before the rising of the sun.
And long's the road and far's the mile
Before I rest my soul again,
With girls that weep and girls that smile
And all the words and ways of men.

For some there are who may not bide,
But wander to the journey's end,
Nor take a girl to be a bride,
Nor keep a man to be a friend.
And when I'm done with wandering,
I'll sit beside the road and weep
For all the songs I did not sing,
And promises I did not keep.

(Sung by Tommy Makem on "Two for the Early Dew," 1992.)
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