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Sing all ye joyful, now sing all together!

Type: Songs & Stories

Other Names: The Elves' Lullaby to Bilbo

Description:

The lullaby sung to Bilbo near dawn on his first night in the House of Elrond, on his return from the Quest of Erebor.
[Bilbo] woke to find himself in a white bed, and the moon shining through an open window. Below it many elves were singing loud and clear on the banks of the stream.

Sing all ye joyful, now sing all together!
The wind's in the tree-top, the wind's in the heather;
The stars are in blossom, the moon is in flower,
And bright are the windows of Night in her tower.

Dance all ye joyful, now dance all together!
Soft is the grass, and let foot be like feather!
The river is silver, the shadows are fleeting;
Merry is May-time, and merry our meeting.

Sing we now softly, and dreams let us weave him!
Wind him in slumber and there let us leave him!
The wanderer sleepeth. Now soft be his pillow!
Lullaby! Lullaby! Alder and Willow!

Sigh no more Pine, till the wind of the morn!
Fall Moon! Dark be the land!
Hush! Hush! Oak, Ash, and Thorn!
Hushed be all water, till dawn is at hand!

'Well, Merry People!' said Bilbo looking out.... 'Your lullaby would waken a drunken goblin! Yet I thank you.'

'And your snores would waken a stone dragon — yet we thank you,' they answered with laughter.

The Hobbit, Ch 19, The Last Stage

Contributors:
Still Anonymous, 29Feb04
Elena Tiriel 1Oct11

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