Tom’s Annual Errand for Goldberry
“In the House of Tom Bombadil.” The Hobbits are inside Tom’s house, listening to his stories, when Frodo asks how it chanced that Tom found them, to which Tom replied:
I had an errand there: gathering water-lilies,
green leaves and lilies white to please my pretty lady,
the last ere the year’s end to keep them from the winter,
to flower by her pretty feet till the snows are melted.
Each year at summer’s end I go to find them for her,
in a wide pool, deep and clear, far down Withywindle;
there they opened first in the spring and there they linger latest.
By that pool long ago I found the River-daughter,
fair young Goldberry sitting in the rushes.
Sweet was her singing then, and her heart was beating!
“He opened his eyes and looked at them with a sudden glint of blue:”
And that proved well for you – for now I shall no longer
go down deep again along the forest-water,
not while the year is old. Nor shall I be passing
Old Man Willow’s house this side of spring-time,
not till the merry spring, when the River-daughter dances
down the withy-path to bathe in the water.
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