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~ By Courtesy of Others ~

 

A Seat by the Fire

And we shall welcome the stranger
to our home, to our hall,
we shall welcome the stranger,
no matter be he weak, be he weary,
we shall welcome the stranger,
to our fireside, with wine,
with food, we shall welcome the stranger
as his skin shivers from the wind
that scours more than the earth
we shall welcome the stranger
we shall show him our worth.

He shall bring to our hall
the richness of stories unheard,
he shall bring to our hall,
laughter from afar,
with his every word,
he shall bring to our hall,
the newness of voice,
he shall bring to our hall,
eye and hand to give aid,
he shall dispel the shades
that have sat at the hearth,
He shall bring to the hall
distraction aplenty,
laughter and lore
shall he bring on the wind--

We should shame the wide world
did we not make him welcome,
we should shame the wide world,
did we not food give with a will,
we would shame the wide world,
did we not a seat by the fire
offer the weary traveler upon his way.

Look not for gain in each moment always
but look at the comrade who comes unbidden
look not for gain in all that you do
but take joy in life and the world warms to you.
Need builds the fire,man roasts the ox.
Together, we feast with laughter and light.
Look not in fear at the wandering stranger--
Invite him always to the seat by the fire.

Ayla Wolffe

* Wolffe's Ways - Aylas former Blog * Children of Eir - Support for Disabled Folk * Ayla can be found on Facebook

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