I FOLLOWED far from the roadway After my golden ball (How could I tell the way it went Where it might lie or fall?) And coaxing vines from the Singing Wood Came twining around my feet And scent of flowers from the Singing Wood Oh, it was sweet, was sweet! Once I met a satyr, Once I was with a faun, Once I spoke with a woman o' doom Spinning from dusk till dawn, Once I followed a will-o'-the-wisp Dancing along the fen . . . Never the sun in the Singing Wood Never a bird-loud glen! All the trees were sighing, All of the brooks were tears, All of the flowers were bleeding-hearts Scarlet with hopes and fears, All of the vines were hands that clung Twisting about my heart . . . Oh, the thorns of the Singing Wood Sharp they can tear and smart! I might have won to the rainbow's end, But never for all o' me Shall my feet stray into the Singing Wood For any fair things that flee . . . Here on earth are the day and night, Human women and men– And oh, 'tis good to be out o' the wood, Into the world again!
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