THE SONG OF
THE TRAVELLER'S JOY FAIRY
Traveller, traveller, tramping by
To the seaport town where the big ships lie,
See, I have built a shady bower
To shelter you from the sun or shower.
Rest for a bit, then on, my boy!
Luck go with you, and Traveller's Joy!
Traveller, traveller, tramping home
From foreign places beyond the foam,
See, I have hung out a white festoon
To greet the lad with the dusty shoon.
Somewhere a lass looks out for a boy:
Luck be with you, and Traveller's Joy!
(Traveller's joy is Wild Clematis; and when the flowers are over,
it becomes a mass of silky fluff, and then we call it Old-Man's-Beard.)