Jane's Poetry Book

The Welcome
to Lefevre on leaving his Canadian Friends

Welcome, welcome, weary pilgrim,
To the friends who love you best
Now no more your thoughts shall wander,
Now your xx-worn feet shall rest:
                Weary pilgrim!
        Welcome to your native home!

As mothers mourn the child departing,
So did we your loss deplore;
As mothers greet the child returning,
So we joy to grieve no more;
                Weary pilgrim!
        Welcome to your native home!

Fairer xx, and softer climates
May in other lands be found
But the sweet domestic virtues
Thrive alone on British ground;
                Weary pilgrim
        Welcome to your native home!

Here are eyes that, that speak a meaning,
Which the tongue can never tell;
Here are hearts that share the feeling,
Which within your bosoms swell;
                Weary pilgrim
        Welcome to your native home!

Live we, then, in blissful union,
Children of eternal day;
Till, upborne home from earth to heaven
Waiting angels whispering say -
                "Weary pilgrims!
        Welcome to your endless home!"

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